“He deserves to be up there with guys like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Pele. He's a special man. He's got charisma, he's got style, he's got class. He's a winner. He loves his sport. He's got a passion for the game. He's a little bit like how Gordie Howe was. He's just a special man,” Gretzky said, referring to the beloved Canadian hockey great.
As much as I love Roger, I would put Messi, Pele, Maradona, Jordan, Senna, Ali, Laver, Bolt, Phelps, Gretzky, Borg, Tyson higher.
Not Ali, not Tyson. Best boxer ever is Sugar Ray Robinson, if anyone wants to place him ahead of Federer I'd be OK with that. Noone else. Ali hasn't got a single record in boxing apart from being the one who has gotten most attention from the press, and Federer matches that and tops it with a few sporting records.
As for Borg, you can take that in the tennis GOAT thread. He hasn't got much support there until now.