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Marc Marquez and sports other greats at 26

Sport What had Jordan, Phelps, Messi and Woods won?

At 26-years old, Marc Marquez has already been world champion eight times, but he is only thinking about winning even more. His trophy collection has him placed among esteemed company in the sporting world, so we’ve compared him to some other mythical characters at that age.

By 26, Phelps had enough medals to build a museum, having collected six gold and two bronze medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He went further in Beijing 2008 by winning eight golds. At World Cups he won four golds and two silvers at Barcelona 2003, five golds and one silver in Montreal 2005, seven golds at Melbourne 2007, five golds and a silver at Rome 2009 as well as four golds, two silvers and a bronze at Shanghai 2011.

There’s no doubting Jordan‘s impact on college basketball but when he emerged at an under-construction Chicago Bulls he had a harder time imposing himself at first. He had become champion with North Carolina in college, but remained without an NBA ring at 26. He had been named MVP and been involved with the All-Stars.

Great, unpredictable, outspoken, at 26 Muhammad Ali was already providing content for films. He won gold at the Rome Games in 1960, and greatness awaited him in ’64 when he beat Sonny Liston to become world champion. By 26 he hadn’t lost a professional contest but in ’67 he was stripped of a title for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

His stranglehold on world records had begun by 26. He had two golds from Beijing 2008 and got three more at London 2012. He conquered two silvers at the Osaka World Championship in 2007, three golds at Berlin in 2009 and achieved a superhuman time of 9.58 seconds in the 100-metre sprint. He got two more golds at Daegu 2011 and three at Moscow 2013.

A prodigy for a long time before his mid-twenties, but by 26 Nadal had enough titles to be Spain’s greatest ever tennis player. His dictatorship of Roland Garros began in 2005 and continued in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He had two Wimbledon titles and won the US Open in 2010 as well as Australia’s Open in 2009. He claimed gold at Beijing 2008 and won four Davis Cups with Spain.

Messi was at his very best during Barcelona’s dominance under Pep Guardiola. At 26 he had won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Golden Boot in 2010, 2012 and 2013 while he’d won the Champions League in 2006, 2009 and 2011. He had an Olympic medal with Argentina as well from 2008.

The German had reigned by 26 in Formula 1. He won the World Championship with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, while in 1996 he moved to Ferrari.

The most famous arm in NFL had written a number of pages of history by 26. He won the SuperBowl with the New England Patriots in 2001 and 2003, being named MVP in both.

The Italian won his first 125cc world titles in 1997 and 1999 with April. In 500cc he won in 2001, 2002 and 2003 before doing the same with Yamaha in 2004 and 2005.

He hadn’t exploded by 26. He won the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United, the Ballon d’Or in that same year and the Golden Boot in 2008 and 2011.

At 26 the Swiss genius had already pocketed five Wimbledon titles, four US Opens and three Australian Opens. He won the Olympic Games gold at 27 in Beijing.

By 26 he ruled golf and had no rival at the top of the game.He had three Augusta Masters’, a British Open, two PGA Championships, two US Opens and a Ryder Cup.

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