Any elite athlete’s ultimate goal is to leave their mark of excellence in their sporting niche. This is easier said than done. An exceptional athlete must fully commit to developing a distinct identity through rigorous training. They also must maintain a core motivation to produce consistent results throughout their sporting career. 

Talent, combined with unwavering hard work and discipline, is the primary requirement for an athlete to go down in history. The following are some of today’s most outstanding athletes:

Mohamed Salah 

It’s nearly impossible to have a football-related conversation without mentioning this up-and-coming legend. Because of Salah’s flair, personality, and origin, the modern-day Pele appeals to many people. He is commonly referred to as Mo Salah.

Mo is high on the list of the most well-known Arab athletes in 2022. The Egyptian footballer has made headlines since he began his career, even more so since he left Roma for Liverpool F.C. in 2017. After scoring several goals for his club, he was named African Footballer of the Year in 2017.

Mo Salah, 29 years old and still in his prime, has already established an exceptional career record in football history, which justifies his celebrity status. He won two Swiss Super League titles in 2012. After setting numerous records, he went on to win the 2019-2020 Premier League, two Premier League Golden Boot awards, and the ultimate prize in the footballing world—the 2019 champions league title.

Mo Salah is getting a lot of attention from media outlets and individuals in 2022. Because of the sensationalism he attracts, he has earned several nicknames, including ‘The Pharaoh,’ ‘The Egyptian Messi,’ and ‘The Egyptian King,’ among others. The well-known player is likely to remain among the most prominent athletes in the coming years.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His 20 Grand Slam titles, eight Wimbledon titles, five US Open titles, and six Australian Open titles place him among the world’s most elite tennis players.

Roger is well-known for his elegant playing style, and due to his never-say-die attitude and unrivaled game skills, he has amassed legions of fans worldwide. The Swiss tennis player is regarded as one of the most influential athletes in the world. His apparent willingness to continue shocking the world will undoubtedly keep him famous in the new decade.

Virat Kohli 

The former Indian national team captain has accomplished enough to capture the public’s attention. Virat Kohli is the fastest batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs, 1,000 T20I runs, and 10 ODI centuries.

Kohli also has an impressive track record, being named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World and ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2017. Kohli’s fame stems from his legacy and ability to continue thrilling the world, evidenced by his recent performances.

Riyadh Karim Mahrez

Riyadh Mahrez is another well-known Arab athlete and footballer. Born in Algeria, Riyadh rose to prominence after signing with Leicester City FC in 2014. The player’s popularity hasn’t waned since then. While still at Leicester FC, Riyad demonstrated his football prowess by winning the English Premier League in 2015 and 2016.

After catching the attention of Manchester City FC, Mahrez received an upgrade after the club signed him in 2018. Manchester City’s winger rekindled his popularity in 2018 by assisting his current club in winning the FA Cup.

Algeria’s national team captain has professionally etched his name into football history by winning several awards. In 2016, Mahrez was named the Best African Player of the Year. In the same year, he was named Sports Personality of the Year.

Mahrez’s stardom in 2022 will be based on his outstanding performance, considering he is already among the 2022 season’s top scorers in the world’s most prestigious football league.

Tennis player Serena Williams

Serena Williams is regarded as a tennis GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). Others regard her as a role model, which helps to explain why she remains on the list of the most famous athletes. Despite facing pregnancy-related challenges recently, she has reignited her flame to reclaim her place among the greats. Serena Williams stunned the world by holding the title of best female tennis player for a record 186 weeks between 2013 and 2016.

Serena’s fame in 2022 stems from her cumulative performances. Her incredible record of winning first place eight times between 2002 and 2022 still amazes many sporting fans. She also ranks third in history for most Grand Slam wins, having won 39 Grand Slams. Her return to professional tennis will most likely enthrall her fans once more this year.

Conclusion

This list of famous athletes demonstrates the wide range of talent available in the world of sports. The mentioned few have also won the hearts of many people worldwide but still strive for more accolades. More athletes will undoubtedly emerge as top performers over the year and try to claim their spot among the sporting greats. Others will lose their charm among the fans, but that’s just the nature of the dynamic sporting world. All in all, it is an exciting time to be a sports fan.