Like any other year before, 2016 also saw several sports legends bid goodbye. We pay our tribute to them by showing you videos of their top moments. These are some of the biggest names in sport who bid farewell in the year gone by. It was across sports that we saw several retirements. Of course 2016 was a significant year in sport. We saw Rio Olympics hold fort and how. But it will be a year where we will look and remember for the greats we are discussing here. While some just blew away record books, others tore away the coaching manual. Enjoy our tribute here.
Abhinav Bindra: There are no surprises here. The greatest moment of the shooter’s career was to bag the gold at the Beijing Olympics. It was a moment to remember for Indian sport at large. Till date, it remains India’s only Olympic gold medal by an athlete in an individual sport
Michael Phelps: The American swimmer’s eighth gold medal at Beijing Olympics was without a doubt the highlight of his career. It was a moment that told us that he was beyond imagination. To set new benchmarks, he did it like it was a piece of cake. He remains an inspiration like perhaps no other. (Michael Phelps loses The Race of the Century, watch video of the American versus Ian Thorpe, Pieter van den Hoogenband)
Brendon McCullum: His triple century in Test match cricket blew us away. He scored his three highest Test scores against India. He was not a run machine but the dashing style of batting was exceptional to watch. How he lit up the opening IPL night with a century is also not forgotten easily.
Steven Gerrard: Liverpool and England’s favourite son, well almost. He scored a crucial goal against Germany in a World Cup qualifier in 2001. England won the match 5-1. Yes you read that right. It was a night to remember and gloat for the English fans.
Nico Rosberg: The world title in 2016 and then the retirement. There will be nothing, absolutely nothing that can come close. He was sensational to win the title in 2016 that went right down to the wire. He made sure that he kept Lewis Hamilton at bay to win the title in race number 21, the last of the season in Abu Dhabi. (Nico Rosberg, the new Formula 1 World Champion, announces retirement)