The World of Beards is often asked “who is the greatest bearded sportsman of all time”? We now bring you the results of six and a half years extensive research. The greatest bearded sportsman of all time is……Sergio Batista.
The World Cup is indeed a World Cup and undoubtedly the greatest sporting competion in the World, ever. Surely then the greatest beard sporting sportsman must be a World Cup winner. Sergio Barista is the only man to have held the World Cup aloft his facial furniture and therefore unrivaled as the World of Beards greatest sportsman.
Sergio Daniel Batista was born on the 9th November 1962 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nicknamed El Checho (The Checho), he started playing in the youth system of Argentinos Juniors, with whom he would later win the Metropolitano and the Copa Libertadores in 1985. In 1986 he captured football’s greates prize, winning the World Cup with Argentina. Many have claimed that the 1986 World Cup belonged to one man, Diego Marradona. Not the World of Beards. While Diego was doing the fancy stuff in front of goal, Sergio was the unsung hero of the team. He was the defensive giant on whose shoulders Diego danced upon.
After single handedly winning the World Cup for Argentina in 86, Batista would go on to win a runners up medal in 1990 and later a move into football management with his beloved Argentinos Juniors. Sadly though his beard could not inspire his squad in the way it did with the national side and he was sacked after only six games in September 2004. On his sacking Batisa told the World of Beards, through our resident translater (a 15 year old on work experience) “one knows that soccer is thus. There are things that people do not realize, that just promotes and has been time to adapt to the category. But in the long run I know that it is going to arrive the recognition towards my person”.
Well Sergio, we formally recognise your person. The World’s Greatest Sportsman (with a beard).
Is Sergio the greatest? What about Brazilian ace Socrates or Georgie Best? What also of other sports, tennis player Marc Rosset for example – nicknamed the Yeti because of his straggly long hair and beard? Have your say in our forum.
Recent forum activity has suggested that Ricardo Villa, 1978 World Cup Winner was also bearded. The World of Beards can confirm that Ricky had a handlebar tache, not a beard at the time of winning the Cup. He did not lift the World Cup above a bearded face.
The Argentina World Cup Squad 1978 (note no beards)
Here in 1978 shortly after as he signed for Tottingham Hotspurs