5 Olympic Games, six soccer World Cups, 10 years.
It has been an eventful decade in sport, with information damaged and historical past books rewritten.
Listed below are 10 of probably the most profitable athletes and groups who shook the sporting world.
1. Michael Phelps
After sweeping success in Athens and Beijing, United States swimmer Michael Phelps picked up proper the place he left off on the 2012 Olympic Video games in London.
4 medals within the British capital and 5 extra in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 took his Olympic gold tally to 23 – cementing his standing as probably the most profitable Olympian of all time.
Of the 39 world file instances he set over the course of his glittering profession earlier than retiring in 2016, 4 stay unbroken.
2. Usain Bolt
World’s quickest man Usain Bolt dominated the sprints occasions on the monitor, including six extra Olympic gold medals to his title.
The Jamaican runner additionally amassed 13 world championship medals, together with 11 golds, earlier than retiring in 2017.
He nonetheless holds the world information for the quickest time in 100 metres and 200 metres.
three. Serena Williams
US tennis star Serena Williams continued her dominance of the ladies’s recreation, ending the last decade with 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her title – one shy of Margaret Courtroom’s all-time file.
She additionally gained two gold medals on the 2012 London Olympic Video games.
The 38-year-old final triumphed on the 2017 Australian Open whereas pregnant along with her first little one. She has reached 4 main finals since giving beginning.
She was the one feminine consultant within the high 40 record of this decade’s highest-paid athletes, in accordance with Forbes magazine.
four. Allyson Felix
US Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix turned probably the most profitable athlete – male or feminine – in world championships historical past when she broke Bolt’s file this yr.
Her 12th and 13th gold medals within the Qatari capital, Doha, got here lower than a yr after she gave beginning to her first little one in November 2018.
The 34-year-old athlete additionally bagged a complete of 5 Olympic gold medals in London and Rio de Janeiro.
5. Rafael Nadal
Spanish tennis participant Rafael Nadal emerged because the undisputed king of clay, capturing his 12th French Open title this yr.
Regardless of harm woes and lengthy layoffs, the 33-year-old Mallorcan additionally gained at Wimbledon and 4 instances on the US Open, taking his Grand Slam tally to 19 – one behind the all-time file of Roger Federer.
Nadal completed 2019 on the high of the lads’s world rankings for a fifth time in his profession.
6. Novak Djokovic
In a decade that has seen three of the best tennis gamers compete towards one another, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic rewrote the historical past books.
The 32-year-old accomplished his profession Grand Slam on the 2016 French Open in Paris and gained a file seventh Australian Open trophy earlier this yr.
The Serb additionally turned the primary man to carry all 4 main titles at one time since Rod Laver in 1969.
He sits behind Federer and Nadal within the Grand Slam winners’ record, with 16 titles.
7. Spanish soccer
On the lads’s facet, Spanish soccer reigned supreme in Europe and on the worldwide stage.
The Spanish giants additionally captured three UEFA Tremendous Cup titles and 4 FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
eight. US girls’s soccer crew
The US efficiently defended and lifted their fourth girls’s World Cup title in France this yr. In addition they completed runners-up in 2011.
The squad stepped up their struggle for equal repay the sphere, submitting a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit towards the US Soccer Federation (USSF).
The trial is about to start subsequent yr.
9. Floyd Mayweather
Former five-division champion Floyd Mayweather is thought to be one in every of boxing’s all-time greats.
The US boxer hung up his gloves in 2017 with an undefeated 50-Zero file – probably the most wins and not using a loss or a draw.
He beat Irishman Conor McGregor by means of a technical knockout in his last professional match to surpass heavyweight nice Rocky Marciano’s 49-Zero file.
He topped the Forbes record because the highest-paid athlete of the last decade, pocketing $915m.
10. Lewis Hamilton
He additionally took his tally of F1 Grand Prix wins to 84, the second most after Germany’s Michael Schumacher.