Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes Real Madrid’s entire Time Record Goal Scorer
Portuguese celebrity scored his 324 goal to become Madrid’s top scorer when he found the back of the net against Levante on 17 October. Cristiano’s moments hold on 10th post from the list of top 10 Best Sports Moments 2016. It took Ronaldo past the club’s earlier best, set by Raul, who had taken 741 matches to score 323 goals, while the man is famous by CR7 hit 324 in just 310 games.On July 10, 2016, Portugal took home their first prestigious title ever when they beat out France during the European Championship finals in extra added time. Though captain and poster boy Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with an injury just after 25 minutes of play, a late goal from substitute Eder helped A Seleção rewrite history. Portugal fans from all over the world celebrated and Ronaldo broke down into his signature tears.
LeBron James wins his first NBA title
Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA Challenge, his main and after dismantling Oklahoma City Thunder in the top of 7 Finals series, 4-1. Season MVP and Finals MVP James put on a controlling presentation scoring 26 points, dishing out 13 supports and moving down 11 bounces in Game 5, becoming the main player since Magic Johnson to best a triple double in a finals series. When he won the first NBA title these were one of the top 10 Best Sports Moments 2016.
Michael Phelps Breaks a 2,000-Year-Old Olympic Record
.Michael Phelps definitely dominates the water. As the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Phelps’s gold medal count sits at 22. What’s more impressive is his individual victories have broken a more than 2,000-year-old Olympic record, set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 B.C. After his victory in the 200-meter Individual Medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Phelps has claim to an unprecedented 13 individual Olympic victories compared to Leonidas’s 12. Phelps is now also the only swimmer to have won the same event, the 200m medley, in four consecutive Olympic Games.
Kobe Bryant Retires
At the age of 37, the five-time champion and 18-time All-Star ended his career against the Utah Jazz in April of this year, having scored 60 points. And to top it all off, Bryant amassed 33,570 career points, the third highest in NBA history. Entering the NBA straight from high school, Bryant was the 13th overall pick during the NBA’s 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who then went on to trade Bryant to the Lakers. The rest is history and April 13 forever lives on as “Mamba Day.”
The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series After 108 Years
After 10 innings, the Cubs came back from a 3-to-1 series deficit to defeat the Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning the Championship crown for the first time since 1908. Though the Chicago Cubs were the lovable losers of North American professional sports for over 100 years, life as a Cubs fan has not been so enjoyable, and yet they remained some of the best supporters in all of sports. Having built up a strong and versatile lineup for the 2016 season, the Cubs ended the drought finally being able to say goodbye to “someday.”
Usain Bolt Gains “Triple-Triple”
The fastest man on Earth brought his spectacular Olympic career to a thrilling close by completing his “Triple-Triple” mission. Bolt brought home nine gold medals in which he swept the 100m, 200m and 4×100-meter sprint relay events in three successive Olympic Games. Stating that this would be his final Olympic appearance, we’ll need to wait awhile before another athlete is able to fill his shoes, going down in history as one of the greatest runners of all time.
Cleveland Cavaliers Win Their First NBA Championship Title
They facing a 3-1 deficit against the record-setting Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Cavaliers found a way to prevail in Game 7. The team eventually brought home Cleveland’s first NBA Championship title and the first major professional sports title for the city since 1964. The emotional game on the road saw a unanimous vote for James as the Finals MVP for the third time.
Villanova’s NCAA Buzzer Beater
For a historical National Championship Game this past March, and it sure didn’t disappoint. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige led the dramatics with an impossible, off-balance three-pointer with just six seconds left in the fourth that forced the game into overtime. However it was Kris Jenkins buzzer-beating three-pointer in OT that gave Villanova the national title, securing the Wildcats’s first NCAA title since 1985, while becoming one of the greatest college basketball games of all time.
Peyton Manning Retires With a Super Bowl Win
One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to a 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. By doing so, Manning became the first in NFL history to win two Super Bowls with two different teams, ending his Hall of Fame career on a glorious high note.
Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Awarded the Medal of Freedom
The G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan – along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – received a Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor from none other than The POTUS himself. President Obama personally selected Jordan for his contributions to the United States, also adding in “he’s more than just an internet meme […] he is the definition of someone so good at what they do that everyone recognizes it; That’s very rare.”
During his career, Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 19-time NBA All-Star. Before joining the NBA, he was a star player at UCLA, leading the Bruins to three consecutive championships. In addition to his legendary basketball career, Abdul-Jabbar has been an outspoken advocate for social justice.
Serena’s Wimbledon Win Ties Steffi Graf’s Record for 22 Major Wins
Serena Williams looked further from Steffi Graf’s Open-Era record 22 Grand Slam titles than she had in a decade. At 30 years old, and older than Graf was when she’d won her 22nd major, Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon Final finally winning her long-awaited record-tying Grand Slam.