As many would agree, 2016 has been a year of extreme highs and lows, and as always, the sports world reflected that volatile state of the greater global community. We lost icons, battled injustices, witnessed the end of eras, experienced miracles and so much more. With the calendar year finally coming to a close, and the opportunity of 2017 on the horizon, Twitter has revealed its most popular tweets of the year, including the below top 10 from the sports world. From celebrating unprecedented title runs and retirement announcements to Shaq getting all philosophical, enjoy a brief recap of 2016 below.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Portugal’s Euro 2016 Win
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 11, 2016
9. The Big Socrates
If u feel alone and by yourself, look in the mirror, and wow, there’s two of you. Be who you are. Who are you. I am me. Ugly, lol. Shaq
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) December 16, 2009
8. Zlatan Marks His Final Game for Paris Saint-Germain
My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend pic.twitter.com/OpLL3wzKh0
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) May 13, 2016
7. McGregor Trolls, Announces Fake Retirement
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
6. Kobe Bryant Reflects On His Final Game
Last night was the final chapter to an incredible story. I walk away at peace knowing my love for the game & this city will never be broken.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 14, 2016
5. Marshawn Lynch Announces Retirement
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
4. Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs Shares Video of Teammates Celebrating Premier League Win
— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016
3. Zlatan Announces Man Utd Move
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) June 30, 2016
2. Muhammad Ali’s Official Account Reports The Icon’s Passing
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) June 4, 2016
1. Leicester City Celebrates Its Cinderella Story
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N
— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016