Who did ESPN Name as Top North American Athlete of the 20th Century

ESPN (the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is one of the most trusted sports channel in the entire world. Which is why their SportsCentury program in 1999 to name the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century was met with so much interest from the general public. Both die-hard sports fans and people who only occassionally watch sports were very interested to learn who will be named as the GOAT. The following sports legends made the top selection: Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky. But who did ESPN name as the top North American athlete of the 20th Century? Read on to find out.

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Who did ESPN Name as Top North American Athlete of the 20th Century
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Who did ESPN Name as the Top North American Athlete of the 20th Century?

If you are a Disney fan and TikTok user, then you no doubt already know that Disney have partnered with this mega-popular app to celebrate 100 Years of Disney. Every day, there are new Disney-related questions being asked on TikTok. One of today’s questions is: “Who did ESPN Name as Top North American Athlete of the 20th Century?” The following answers are available:

  • 1. Babe Ruth.
  • 2. Michael Jordan.
  • 3. Muhammad Ali.
  • 4. Wayne Gretzky.

The correct answer here is Michael Jordan. Jordan was a professional basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls and later for the Washington Wizards. He is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. A six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, and five-time NBA MVP, Jordan absolutely dominated the game in his time. He led the Bulls to a record 72-10 regular season in 1995/96.

In addition to his sports accomplishments, Jordan was also a global pop-culture icon. He helped popularize basketball around the world and his endorsement deals – most notably Nike Air Jordans – made him one of the wealthiest athletes in history. While many sports fans disagreed with this choice when it was first announced, arguing that Ruth or Ali were better suited for this top spot, few can deny that Michael Jordan is one of the most important athletes to ever live.

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