Year 2017 is full of sports memories and the world has witnessed several great sports moments and achievements this year. Starting from Soccer to Cricket to Tennis, name any and you’ll find many great records were created while surpassing many. In football, Cristiano Ronaldo edged his archrival Lionel Messi through his 5th Ballon d’Or award. And in the tennis world, 36-year-old Roger Federer shared the grand slam achievements with the prince of clay courts Rafael Nadal. And now while standing at the end of 2017, Herald Sun’s legendary sports pundit Jon ‘Ando’ Anderson selects his pick of sportspeople of the year for 2017.
Legendary Sports Journalist Jon Anderson takes his pick of sportspeople of the year featuring Cristiano and Federar
From the football world Ando selected Real Madrid’s goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s flagship player Lionel Messi having 5 Ballon d’Ors each under their name. And from women’s football his pick is Dutch superstar Lieke Martens. From the circuit of tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal shine the list with their marvelous stints this year. From Cricket he chooses Australian captain Steve Smith and the undeniable Virat Kohli. LeBron James is the only representative of Basketball in his list for 2017. Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel represent their genre swimming in the list. From Rugby his pick is Cameron Smith and Beauden Barrett, and the marvelous Tom Brady represents American Football in his list.
Besides these players, some other heavyweights of sports also feature in the list such as Lewis Hamilton (Formula One), Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine skiing), Peter Sagan (Cycling), Giancarlo Stanton (Baseball), Nafissatou “Nafi” Thiam (Heptathlon), Sidney Crosby (Ice hockey) and Justin Thomas (Golf). It is definitely his choice of people in the list, but you can also send us your suggestions for the sportspeople of the year 2017. So start commenting your picks folks!