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.
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
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.
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.
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.