Usain Bolt has finally closed the book on his iconic career, in which he became one of the greatest athletes to ever take the track. Whether it was in the 100m, 200m or the 4x100m relay, The Jamaican superstar was the hero of athletics for the better part of a decade – and it wasn’t just because of his physical abilities.
Bolt also possessed a certain charisma that you just don’t see every day, exemplifying how to promote yourself in a way that will make you a legend for decades to come. Obviously, the superhuman world records helped, but off the track, Usain was just as entering as he was on it.
So with his departure, naturally, comes a huge hole in this department – and we’ve got a few potential candidates who we believe can take the reigns.
The Notorious Conor McGregor is about as close to Muhammad Ali as you can get in the present day, and he’s almost certainly biggest sportsman in the world. It probably helps, then, that he has a natural flair that few can ever dream of possessing.
— Jabroni (@ritchest_eva) August 21, 2017
The allure of Anthony Joshua lies within his smile in addition to his phenomenal physique, with the Englishman currently standing tall as the baddest man on the planet. His kind hearted nature both in and outside of the squared circle certainly makes him a front runner, and he still has many great years ahead of him.
Whilst Adam Gemili may not have yet reached the heights many had expected, the 23-year-old still has a charm that resonates through all of those who watch him perform. You can’t help but root for the guy to succeed especially after his Olympic near misses, and the future is looking extremely bright.
Over in India, MS Dhoni is arguably the biggest superstar of them all, but throughout the rest of the world, many probably won’t even know his name. That’s a shame, too, because within the sport of cricket Dhoni is quickly turning himself into an icon in every sense of the word.
— Santanu Sengupta (@Dips_2809) July 7, 2017
Yes, she’s not the most invincible fighter on the planet anymore, but that doesn’t mean Ronda Rousey’s career is over. In fact, in some aspects, it hasn’t even truly begun with the former UFC champion currently gearing up for a run in pro wrestling. If she succeeds, she could transcend sports entertainment in ways we’ve never seen before.
Zlatan is love. Zlatan is life. Zlatan proved everyone wrong during his first season at Old Trafford, and now his status as an immortal sporting god is undeniable.
Novak hasn’t had the most successful of years, but with every low comes an expectant high and the Serbian is by far the most charismatic tennis player in the game today. With a renewed sense of drive, Djokovic could become an even bigger household name than he was prior to his dip in form.
Odell Beckham Jr
The man can catch an American football with one hand. Easily. The New York Giants stand out is the hero the NFL has been waiting for and whilst he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, we’re confident that his abilities on the field will shine through above all the criticisms.
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Odell Beckham Jr. had an NFL-high 8 receptions in which he gained at least 20 yards after the catch in 2016. pic.twitter.com/QlCygKvVhj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2017
With all of that being said, we’ll admit that there’s no definitive answer yet when it comes to who can fill Bolt’s shoes. Perhaps that person may not have even been born yet, or perhaps there’s just nobody on his level.
The fact that there are only eight names on this list should tell you all you need to know, with the sportsmen and women of today choosing to shy away from the spotlight more often than not instead of showcasing their personalities.