It’s the end of the year so it’s time for our wrap up of the best sporting moments of 2017. With so many great and not so great things happening in sport this year it’s hard to pick a top 10.
Real Madrid’s 2016/17 Season
Not to be surprised the dominace of Real Madrid in world football in 16/17 season. They were extremely impressive whilst they went on to win La Liga for the 33rd time and also the Champions League for a staggering 12th time.
They are the only club to win the champions league back to back. Not to mention they also won the Uefa Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup too.
Golden State Warrior’s NBA Championship
The Golden State Warriors showed why they are the best team around this year. After topping the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the play-offs and having a season record of 67-15 they proved to be too good for the rest. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant had great seasons to ensure they came out on top.
Nadal vs Federer in 2017
Having been written off by many a year ago when he took six months off to let his surgically repaired knee recover, Federer made a stunning comeback at the Australian Open, winning his first major since 2012 by beating Nadal in the finals. The Swiss, who turned 36 in August, continued his fine form at Wimbledon, where he clinched a record eighth title as well as 3 Masters titles!
While Federer sat out Roland Garros, Nadal won his 10th French Open title in blistering form on the Parisian clay. The 31-year-old Spaniard is the only player – male or female – to win any major 10 times. One of only three men to have won majors in their teens, 20s and 30s, Nadal ended his grand slam season with a third US Open title.
Both legends of the game produced a remarkable year and yet again showed why they are the best in the game and surely is one of the best sporting moments of 2017.
Super Bowl LI – Patriot’s Triumph
The American Football Conference (AFC) champions New England Patriots, after trailing by as many as 25 points (28-3) during the third quarter, defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Atlanta Falcons, 34–28 in overtime. The Patriots’ 25-point comeback is the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and Super Bowl LI was the first to be decided in overtime and kickstarted 2017 off with a bang.
In 2017, we seen 4 different Major Champions. Sergio Garcia claimed his first green jacket, Brooks Koepka triumphed in the U.S. Open, young Jordan Spieth claimed the British Open and Justin Thomas won his first major at the PGA.
Justin Thomas then went on to win the FedEx Cup and claim the huge $10 million bonus. What a year it was for the 24 year old.
Lewis Hamilton’s World Championship
Lewis Hamilton has another incredible year in Formula One. Lewis He said his fourth Formula 1 world championship was the hardest to win, after he clinched it by finishing ninth in the Mexican Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver has now joined Vettel, Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to have won at least four F1 titles.
Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
In front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in attendance, Joshua won by TKO in the eleventh round. They fought a close and cautious first four rounds. In the fifth, Joshua came out and barraged Klitschko to the canvas. Klitschko rose up and dominated Joshua for the remainder of the round, battering him and scoring his own knockdown in round 6. The next few rounds were again cautious, both men wary of each other, until a reinvigorated Joshua attacked Klitschko in round 11, sending him to the canvas. Klitschko again rose but Joshua knocked him down for a second time in the round, then sent a barrage of punches while Klitschko was against the ropes that made the referee stop the fight. This has to be one the best sporting moments of 2017 for sure.
McGregor vs Mayweather – Boxing vs MMA
As we witnessed history in the making, Mayweather extended his professional boxing undefeated streak to 50 victories and 0 defeats (50–0), surpassing the 49–0 record of Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano by defeating McGregor by technical knockout (TKO) in the 10th round. Mayweather’s guaranteed disclosed paycheque was $100,000,000 and McGregor’s guaranteed disclosed paycheque was $30,000,000. However, the purse for the two fighters was expected to be substantially higher for each, with Mayweather reportedly earning over $300,000,000 from the fight and McGregor earning over $100,000,000.
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