The year 2016 is a year that is loaded with a lot of inspiring sports moments and memories that may not be forgotten so soon. An incredible amount of catchy actions happened and here are our favourite moments:
Serena Williams matched Steffi Graf’s Record
SW effort over the years yielded much applauds in 2016 with record and earning, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016, earning $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements. However, Serena lost final in three sets and Kerber won her first Grand Slam title against SW. This marked Williams’ first ever loss in the final of the Australian Open, as well as her first three-set loss in the final of a Grand Slam. She had previously been 6–0 and 8–0 respectively. The week of September 5 marked Serena’s 186th consecutive week ranked world No. 1, equalling Steffi Graf’s record for longest run in WTA history.
Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro 2016
CR7 conquered Europe with his Portuguese side, he was injured in the tournament but went ahead to influence his team to lift the award. On 13 November, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals (while also missing a penalty) in a World cup qualifier against Latvia, which ended in a 4–1 home victory for Portugal; these goals brought his international tally to 68 goals, which put him level with Gerd Muller and Robbie Keane as the fourth-highest European international goalscorer of all-time. He crowned the year with Ballon d’Or as well.
Leicester Wins the Premier League
The relatively and newly promoted Leicester city won the English top flight trophy with Coach Ranieri. Impact of Vardy, Morgan, Mahrez, Kante, Okazaki et al will for ever be refreshed in the club history. They were a perfect example of team work. Against all odds they club delivered in a league where Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Totthenham equally competed. Its amazing!!!
Usain Bolt Goes Three-for-Three
Usain St. Leo Bolt dominated his field for the third consecutive Olympics this summer, winning gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100m relay. These, he has added to an inspiring perfect ending to Olympic career. Do you remember is poor outing in 2004 at the Athens Olympics where he was 17 years old? he failed to advance to the quarterfinals in the 200 meters. But he has discovered himself now and considered among the greatest Olympians ever. He will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes Real Madrid’s All Time Record Goal Scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to hit 30 La Liga goals in six consecutive seasons as he inspired Real Madrid to a 4-0 thrashing of Eibar. Ronaldo has 37 hat-tricks for Real Madrid. On 15 December 2016, Ronaldo scored his 500th club career goal (377 goals for Madrid, 118 goals for Manchester United and 5 goals for Sporting Lisbon) His 380 goals makes him become the all time record goal scorer for Real Madrid.
LeBron James wins his first NBA title
Despite these distractions, Cleveland finished the year with 57 wins and the best record in the East. James’ final averages were 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game on 52 percent shooting. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers advanced comfortably to the finals, losing only two games en route to a rematch with the Warriors, who were coming off a record-setting 73 win campaign. To begin the series, Cleveland fell behind 3–1, including two blowout losses. James responded by registering back-to-back 41 point games in Games 5 and 6, leading the Cavaliers to two consecutive wins to stave off elimination. In Game 7, he posted a triple-double and made a number of key plays, including a memorable chase down block on Andre Iguodala in the final two minutes, as Cleveland emerged victorious, winning the city’s first professional sports title in 52 years and becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3–1 series deficit in the Finals
Chelsea’s 12 wins in 12 consecutive match in a row
Chelsea has become a threat to Premier league clubs after its last defeat to Arsenal and a switch into 3-4-3 formation. Among the big side defeated in the run are Manchester City, Totthenham, Everton and Manchester United. Antonio Conte is winning popular side among the Blues and may give the fans reasons to forget the Special one pretty soon, if the form continues, Chelsea may match or surpass the Arsenal EPL records.
Muhammad Ali dies at 74
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer June 4, 2016. His gloves were golden, his words are creatively constructed and he made the sport popular and spectacular.
Maria Sharapova tests positive for meldonium, receives two-year suspension from ITF
Maria Sharapova received a two-year suspension from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after testing positive for banned drug meldonium, which may end the career of the richest female athlete of the past decade
Roger Federer suffers most injury-plagued season of career, doesn’t play after Wimbledon
Over the last few years, we’ve come to the realization that the 17-time Grand Slam champion is, in fact, beatable. But in 2016, we learned that he’s mortal, too. The Swiss was banged up from January until July, when he announced after Wimbledon that he would prematurely end his season to recover from knee surgery. Federer played just 28 matches (21-7) and didn’t win a title for the first time since 2000.
Angelique Kerber dethrones Serena Williams as the top women’s player in the world
Williams came into 2016 the undisputed world No. 1, having missed a calendar-year Grand Slam by just two matches the year prior. Could anyone in the women’s game consistently match up against her, let alone overtake her atop the rankings? Enter Kerber. The 28-year-old came into her own in 2016, upsetting Williams in the Australian Open for her first Grand Slam title. She would build on that momentum, reaching the Wimbledon final—she lost to Williams in straights—and taking silver in singles in Rio de Janeiro.
Andy Murray’s career year propels him to the top of the sport
After Djokovic won the first two majors of the year—defeating Murray in both the Australian and French Open finals—it seemed almost inconceivable that the Serb wouldn’t finish the year No. 1 yet again. But Murray had other ideas. The Scot utterly dominated the tour the second half of the season, winning his second Wimbledon trophy and a singles gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar’s Gold-winning Penalty kick
Winning Olympic was a feat for Neymar and his Brazilian side, his impact on the tournament was felt and he boosted the Selecao chance of winning the trophy. When he scored the winning penalty, the stadium erupted, and Neymar just fell, weeping, and stayed there for minutes. I saw Brazil’s favourite person achieve his favourite moment in Brazil’s favourite sport in Brazil’s most famous stadium.
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