It’s the source of endless debate in pubs: who sits in the pantheon of the greatest-of-all-time sportspeople, or the Goats?

The answers hinge on code preference and the evaluator’s age: older sports lovers punt Ali, Pelé, Blankers-Koen and Bradman; younger fans insist upon Maradona or Messi, Michael Jordan and Kipchoge...

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