We have to look at several factors when deciding what makes a great athlete. These include explosiveness, which features speed and power; endurance; technical ability; charisma, which can include leadership and the X Factor; and their achievements in a calendar year. So somebody might have four out of five, such as the cyclist Chris Froome. He has everything when it comes to endurance but he doesn’t have anything in the charisma department.
There are contenders such as Andy Murray and Usain Bolt. But when looking at all of the requirements, the US basketball player LeBron James has to be the winner. He’s supremely gifted on the court, he’s blessed with height and strength. His decision-making is phenomenal and he has an amazing basketball IQ. And his charisma is key – the way he beat his chest during the national anthem in the NBA finals and got the whole stadium geed up was a real leadership moment. The Cleveland Cavaliers hadn’t won the NBA championship, so that was also a major achievement. He’s the epitome of the greatest athlete in the world.