The brilliance of watching or playing a sport boils down to precious moments that create history. A movie has a scripted ending, a song has a predetermined tune and progression, but sport is truly unpredictable. It is this unpredictable element that brings back fans to the sport they love, time and time again, despite the failures of the team they favor. A true fan knows that history could be witnessed on any given day in any sport, and if that isn’t lure enough to make a spectacle worth observing, then nothing is. Here is a list of 20 of the best moments in sports history from around the world.
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‘The Shot’ By Michael Jordon
Michael Jordon is probably the greatest and most beloved basketball player of all time. Although most legends do not achieve the perfect end to their careers, Michael managed to end his time at the Chicago Bulls with a legendary shot that won the team the ‘World Series’ in the most emphatic manner. With only 10 seconds left on the clock and the bulls trailing 86-85, Michael dribbled right, took aim and let out the iconic match-winning shot
Miracle On Ice
They call this win a miracle because even the American NHL team did not expect to walk away winners in this game. The seasoned USSR team entered the 1980 finals as clear favorites but were handed a major upset by the hands of a young team filled with amateurs. This famous win was also voted the greatest moment in 20th century sports history by Sports Illustrated.
Rumble In The Jungle
This historic boxing match saw 32-year old Muhammad Ali challenge the giant George Foreman for the Championship. Foreman was on a 40 match win-streak, but Ali took the fight to the eighth round and managed to seal an epic win with his famous right arm.
India Win The World Cup At Home
Australia managed to win the World Cup this year at home but the feat was first achieved in India during the previous edition. No home team had ever won the Cricket World Cup before this. It was fitting that the largest followers of the sport managed to witness this event first hand while also giving a deserving send off to a national hero, Sachin Tendulkar, in his last World Cup appearance.
Hand Of God
Diego Maradona was an enigmatic and highly-skilled Argentinian football giant who is credited with taking his country to the top of the football world. The 1986 semi-finals saw arch-rivals Argentina and England face-off in a thrilling encounter that involved two of the most famous goals in football history, both of which were scored by Maradona. ‘The Hand of God’ was an unpenalized goal that Maradona scored with his hand and the second, that is considered to be ‘the greatest goal of all time’, saw Maradona dribble past five defenders and the goal keeper to take Argentina into the finals, which they eventually won.
Michael Phelps Takes 8 Gold Medals
Michael Phelps became the most successful athlete in Olympic history when he took home 8 Gold medals in 2008. He overtook Mark Spitz’s 7 Gold medals and is currently considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Roger Bannister Breaks The Four-Minute Barrier
One facet surrounding sport that continues to remain fascinating is the breaking of ‘the barrier’. Whenever a seemingly impossible threshold is broken, it opens up future floodgates for records. Many men have covered a mile in under 4 minutes, but when Roger Bannister first did it in 1954, it seemed nearly impossible at the time. His determination and perseverance set higher standards for all runners that came after him.
Every fan of American Football is well-acquainted with Dwight Clark’s ‘legendary catch’. The 49er’s and the Cowboy’s were neck-to-neck for the most part of this 1982 NFC Championship game, but the brilliant catch taken by Clark with 51 seconds left in the game meant that the 49ers had secured one of the most memorable wins in the sport’s history.