Allsportspk 2019 International Achievers: Top Male Athletes
2019 was an eventful year for sports of every kind. There were numerous contests and several champions. There were athletes who kept up their stellar performance from last year and there were athletes who made spectacular comebacks. There were also a number of debutants who rocked the field in their first year.
From this substantial pool of athletes, Allsportspk’s expert panel has thoroughly researched and selected a few of them to be featured in the annual ‘Allsportspk 2019 International Achievers List. These are the individuals that not only achieved great honours in the field but displayed an exemplary sports spirit and model attitude off the field as well.
Due to the extraordinarily large number of candidates, the final selection criteria included a number of indicators including title victories, team contributions, national honors and recognition by relevant sports bodies and publications.
Allsportspk 2019 International Male Achievers List (Featured in alphabetical order)
Ben Stokes – Cricket
Ben Stokes played a key role in leading England cricket team to the historic ODI world cup victory. He scored an unbeaten 84 and helped England tie the final match against New Zealand by hitting two sixes in last over.
Moreover, his spectacular catch to route Andile Phehlukwayo made headlines and was termed as “one of the greatest catches of all time”.
Stokes again came to England’s rescue in the third Ashes test when he single-handedly saved his team from near-certain defeat with an unbeaten 135 in one of the greatest innings of the cricket history.
The 28-year-old English all-rounder finished the year 2019 as the number 1 ranked by ICC and also won BBC’s sports personality of the year award for his heroic performances throughout the year.
Canelo Álvarez – Boxing
Canelo Álvarez moved down from the Super middleweight category and defeated Daniel Jacobs via a unanimous decision in May to claim the middleweight champion title. He then went on to amass several titles including WBA Super, WBC, along with Jacobs’ IBF middleweight title.
Álvarez then upped the ante when he moved up two weight classes and challenged WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev via social media in November. The most anticipated fight of the season was hosted at the iconic MGM Grand Graden Arena in Las Vegas where Álvarez knocked out Kovalev to become a four-division world champion.