The Best Sports Duos of All Time

The best sports duos are the ones that we all remember for their triumphs, their plays or their records. Keep reading to learn about the best duos of all time.
The Best Sports Duos of All Time

Last update: 29 April, 2020

Even if you aren’t fans of a particular sport, you probably know all of these sports duos. Everyone remembers and admires them!

Who are the best sports duos?

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1. Jordan-Pippen: sports duos

All NBA fans remember this highly successful sports duo from the 90s. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen won six basketball finals– and played in eight- in a decade.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were one of the best sports duos of all time.

Without a doubt, Jordan and Pippen were the architects of the golden age of the Chicago Bulls. In addition, many even say that thanks to Scottie, Michael is considered the best basketball player in history.

2. Bolt-Blake

Olympic fans surely know who we’re talking about: the Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake the two best sprinters in the world. Also, they hold the record in the 4 x 100 from 2012. In that match, they took both gold and silver medals.

Yohan Blake and Usain Bold at the Olympics.

3. Serena-Venus: sports duos

For these women, not only are they a successful sports duo, but they’re also sisters. Venus and Serena Williams have been the best-known pair in women’s tennis since the late 1990s.

Venus and Serena Williams are one of the best sports duos of all time.

Together, the Williams sisters have won 21 finals, only losing one. Among the main titles, they have 13 Grand Slams (five at Wimbledon) and three Olympic golds from Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, and London 2012.

4. Xavi-Iniesta

Of course, there are also excellent soccer pairs, and maybe more than in other sports. However, the one between these Barcelona players is hard to beat. Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta are in charge- together with Messi- of one of the best teams in the world.

Three Barcelona soccer players on the field.

Not only that, but they also had the honor of being champions with the Spanish national team. They won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and two Euro Cups.

5. Ruth-Gehrig: sports duos

To learn about this extraordinary sports duo, we have to travel a few decades back in time, between the 1920s and the 1930s. The New York Yankees had Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for six World Series championships.

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

In fact, both were the best hitters of all time, and people still believe that. They were added to the baseball Hall of Fame. In addition, in their honor, they retired the 3 and 4 jerseys.

6. Bryant-O’Neal

We have already talked about an NBA sports duo, but we can’t forget about this pair that also had so many achievements. We’re talking about Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal on the LA Lakers back in 1996 for several seasons. In fact, they won three consecutive titles between 1999 and 2001.

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal on the court.

7. Mike-Bob Bryan

We could say this is the male version of the Williams duo. The Bryans, Mike, and Bob (on the cover image) are so far one of the best tennis doubles.

They have won 92 titles, played 138 finals. This includes 15 Grand Slams, 25 Masters 1000, and one gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

8. Phelps-Lochte

There’s no doubt that Michael Phelps is the best swimmer of all time. However, he wouldn’t be that if it weren’t for one of his teammates, Ryan Lochte. In fact, lots of people call him the “heir” to Phelps after he retired.

Phelps and Lochte won almost all of the races they did together at the Olympics and other international events. For example, they won gold medals in 4 x 200 in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012.

Phelps and Lochte are one of the best sports duos.

Finally, other notable pairs are Kerry Walsh and Misty May Treanor (beach volleyball), Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (golf), Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova (tennis), Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier (ice hockey) and Staffan Olsson and Magnus Wislander (handball).

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