What a decade of sport. We have seen it all across the past 10 years spanning from the ridiculous to the sublime, making a shortlist of the very greatest sporting moments hard to nail.
We’ve given it a whirl though, so all that’s left is for you to make your own mind up about which one was the best of the lot.
Aguerooooooo - May 2012
The greatest end to a Premier League title race, and potentially the most recognisable commentary line in football history came back in 2012. QPR shocked Manchester City to lead at the Etihad before Edin Dzeko equalised in added time… And then, the seemingly impossible happened.
Aguero sent the Etihad, Martin Tyler and the entire footballing world wild as Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United were left devastated at the Stadium of Light. The pinnacle of Premier League football. What a moment.
Super Saturday - August 2012
The Olympics came to London in 2012 and on one sunny Saturday evening everything came together for Team GB. In the space of 44 fantastic minutes, three of our sporting heroes all won gold. Jessica Ennis opened the show with heptathlon gold before Mo Farah stormed to victory in the 10,000m. Given the atmosphere in the stadium, it seemed like long-jumper Greg Rutherford was destined for glory as he leapt to gold. A surreal hour.
Andy Murray Wins His First Grand Slam - September 2012
Now you may think Murray winning Wimbledon is one of the most recognisable moments of the decade but the Scot’s biggest success came in 2012, as he transformed from wannabe champion into one of tennis’ elites. To this point he had lost all four Grand Slam finals he had played in and had gained a reputation for being the ‘nearly’ guy. But at the US Open he defeated reigning champion Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set final. The relief at match point was palpable.
Sir Alex Calls It A Day - May 2013
Although it has been a decade of surreal sporting highs we have also seen some of the greats retire. One of the best football managers the game has ever seen left Manchester United in 2013, having transformed them into the most successful team in the land. His speech on the turf at Old Trafford was spine-tingling, and it was lost on nobody that we were watching the end of a sporting era.
McGregor Knocks Out Aldo In 13 Seconds - December 2015
The unification of the UFC Featherweight Championship back in 2015 was enough to draw the attention of many. Add Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo into the mix and you have a super-fight on your hands. Bitterness in the build-up, brutality in the octagon. It took just 13 seconds for McGregor to finish Aldo in the quickest UFC title fight history. Iconic.
Leicester City Win The Premier League - May 2016
We all know the story by now. 5000/1, Claudio Ranieri, Dilly Ding Dilly Dong. But for a particular moment of the decade we head to Jamie Vardy’s house. Tottenham had just thrown away a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge to confirm that Leicester were Premier League champions and, with the entire Foxes’ squad at Vardy’s gaffe, jubilant scenes followed.
It wasn’t until this moment that we saw Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton and Christian Fuchs bouncing around that it really sunk in. Leicester had won the Premier League title.
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - April 2017
There have been incredible boxing moments this decade. Tyson Fury getting up off the canvas in the 12th round to avoid defeat against Deontay Wilder was one, but for all-out drama Joshua v Klitschko takes the crown. They said the fight had come too soon for AJ, but in front of 90,000 at Wembley he got up from the first knockdown of his career to stop the Ukranian. Incredible.
World Cup Penalty Shootout - July 2018
England were behind in another World Cup penalty shoot-out. Jordan Henderson had seen his spot-kick saved as the Three Lions stared down the barrel once more from 12 yards. Then, when all seemed lost, things remarkably began to turn around. Mateus Uribe crashed his penalty against the bar before Kieran Trippier brought things level.
Jordan Pickford made the key stop from Carlos Bacca before the unlikely hero, Eric Dier, stepped up to secure England’s first-ever World Cup penalty shootout win.
“Yes! England are World Cup quarter-finalists again, and they’ve done it on penalties!”
Tiger’s Masters Win - April 2019
The greatest golf moment of the decade. Tiger Woods had hit the lowest point of his life 10 years ago and looked as if he would never return to the game of golf, let alone win the biggest individual tournament.
Yet in early 2019, Woods completed the unthinkable as won his sixth Masters title, 14 years after his last success. The roar from the crowd after that winning putt was simply spine-tingling.
Cricket World Cup Final - July 2019
On that Sunday, everything built to a crescendo. Lewis Hamilton had won the British Grand Prix and Djokovic had won a thrilling Wimbledon final. But the Cricket World Cup final was truly the icing on the cake.
The late-innings heroics of Ben Stokes, the drama of a Super Over, and the way it came down to a tie on the final ball. This was the greatest cricket game of all time, with the greatest possible ending.