On January 17 Muhammad Ali – the Greatest boxer of all times – turned 65. I just had to write a post about him. I can’t really name another sportsman who had as much charisma and who is as popular and truly the Greatest as Ali. Do you know?

When Ali was 12 years old, his bicycle was stolen and he became so enraged, wanting to find and beat the thief – that was a beginning of his amazing boxing career.

Yes, it’s true Ali was in love with himself, but unlike the mythical Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in the water and died of starvation because he was unable to pull himself away, Muhammad Ali was always able to back up his words and stay true to himself. He was fearless not only in the ring but outside and was never afraid to speak his mind.

Just wanted to post here some of my favourite quotes by Ali. You can read more quotes on BBC Sport’s site.

I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and got into bed before the room was dark.

And don’t you just love what Ali said about playing golf:

I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.

And finally, this fine piece of wisdom:

A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

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2 Insightful Bits in response to “Ali – The Greatest inspiration in the history of sport”

  1. It is nice to find someone who feel the same way that i do about Ali.. a truly inspiration of life. Tks for sharing this. Peace.

  2. You’re very welcome, Alan. Ali is truly The Greatest.

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