2016 was a fantastic year for sports fans all over the world. We have seen some upsets and some individual efforts of sheer brilliance but here are my top 5 sporting moments of 2016.
5. Michael Phelps wins his 23rd Olympic Gold
Michael Phelps is an Olympic legend. No question. In 2016 he yet again showed his dominance in the pool by adding his 23rd Olympic Gold medal. He was already the most decorated swimmer, arguably the most decorated Olympian, but he added his final medal to his collection before announcing his retirement following the race. A true legend.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champion Year
I am a huge admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo and have always felt a bit sorry for him being in the national team that he is in, but Portugal silenced all of their critics in 2016 by winning the European Championships in France. Whilst some people argue that Portugal’s triumph was undeserved, I was impressed with their attitude in the tournament. However this was only one part of a great year for Cristiano Ronaldo, the highly decorated Real Madrid star also won the Champions League with Real Madrid and also won his 4th Ballon D’or. 2016 will definitely be a year Ronaldo will not forget anytime soon.
3. The Chicago Cubs Break the Curse
I am a big fan of American Sports but Baseball isn’t something I follow religiously, however when I heard of the possibility of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series Championship for the first time in 108 years, I just had to tune in! The World Series game was a fantastic game and the Cubs didn’t make it easy for their fans going 3-1 down before rallying and eventually breaking the curse.
2. Andy Murray Reaches World Number 1 Ranking
If winning Wimbledon wasn’t enough to make it a great year for Andy Murray then reaching World Number 1 ranking surely was! This was no doubt undeserved as his fantastic performances throughout the year secured him not only his second Wimbledon title but also Olympic Gold and the ATP World Tour Title. To top it all off, he is set to receive a knighthood. A fantastic year for Andy Murray and British tennis.
1. Leicester winning the Premier League
Undoubtedly the biggest sporting achievement of 2016 and arguably the biggest sporting achievement of my life time, the 5000-1 shot Leicester winning the Premier League is an accomplishment unmatched within the world of football. Prior to starting the 15/16 season the expectation was for Leicester to attempt at avoiding relegation, no one expected them to hit the heights that they did and they showed to the world that money isn’t everything when it comes to the beautiful game.
2016 was a fantastic year for sport and seemingly the underdog in a lot of cases, let’s hope 2017 can provide just as much entertainment!