Sports Most Extreme: Richest, Tallest, Oldest, Most Popular

Meet the world’s most interesting athletes from sports like football (soccer), basketball, cricket, tennis and baseball. They’ve got the height, the longevity and the bank accounts to match.

1. Association Football (Soccer)

Association football (Soccer)

Tallest soccer player in the world

  • Kristof van Hout: Belgium, 6ft 10in (209 cm)

Shortest soccer player in the world

  • Élton José Xavier Gomes: Brazil, 5ft 0.63in (154 cm)

Oldest soccer player in the world

  • Stanley Matthews: England, Played at age 50

Richest soccer player in the world

  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal, Net worth of $310 million

Greatest soccer players of all time

  • Pelé, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Basketball

Basketball

Tallest basketball player in NBA history

  • Gheorghe Mureșan: Romania, 7ft 7in (231 cm)
  • Manute Bol: Sudan, 7ft 7in (231 cm)

Shortest basketball player in NBA history

  • Muggsy Bogues: United States, 5ft 3in (160 cm)

Oldest basketball player in NBA history

  • Nat Hickey: United States, Played at age 45

Richest basketball player in NBA history

  • Michael Jordan: United States, Net worth of $1 billion

Greatest basketball players of all time

  • Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, LeBron James

3. Cricket

Cricket

Tallest cricketer in the world

  • Mohammad Irfan: Pakistan, 7ft 1in (216 cm)

Shortest cricketer in the world

  • Kruger van Wyk: South Africa, 3ft 11in (119 cm)

Oldest cricketer in the world

  • Wilfred Rhodes: England, Played at age 52 (Tests)
  • Raja Maharaj Singh: India, Played at age 72 (First-class)

Richest cricketer in the world

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni: India, Net worth of $170 million

Greatest cricketers of all time

  • Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Sobers, Vivians Richard, Kapil Dev

4. Tennis

Tennis

Tallest tennis player in the world

  • Ivo Karlovic: Croatia, 6ft 11in (211 cm) (Male)
  • Akgul Amanmuradova: Soviet Union, 6ft 3in (191 cm) (Female)

Shortest tennis player in the world

  • C.G Hoahing: China, 4ft 9in (145 cm) (Female)
  • Felicisimo Ampon: Philippines, 4ft 11in (150 cm) (Male)

Oldest tennis player in the world

  • Martina Navratilova: Czech Republic, Played at age 49

Richest tennis player in the world

  • Roger Federer: Switzerland, Net worth of $330 million

Greatest tennis players of all time

  • Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson (Male)
  • Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Margaret Court (Female)

5. Baseball

Baseball

Tallest baseball player in the world

  • Jon Rauch: United States, 6ft 11in (211 cm)

Shortest baseball player in the world

  • Eddie Gaedel: United States, 3ft 7in (109 cm)

Oldest baseball player in the world

  • Satchel Paige: United States, Played at age 59

Richest baseball player in the world

  • Alex Rodriguez: United States, Net worth of $300 million

Greatest baseball players of all time

  • Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron

Who’s your favorite athlete(s) and why?


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