What is a “star” in terms of sports? In most people’s eyes, a star is someone who stands out above their peers for a number of reasons that could include their play on the field, their attitude on or off the field and their ability to draw a crowd.
What creates a “star” in sports? There are many different answers to this very broad and overarching question. For example, a player could come out of nowhere to win his team a championship, could realize his or her potential and become one of the best players in the league or simply put on one masterful performance that seems to transform them into a star.
The latter example will be the focus of this article. We will be looking at how one game, tournament or performance can turn a regular or unknown player into an absolute star. Now some of these players were known before these spectacular games, but there is little doubt that these fantastic performances helped to create and shape the superstar that these players have become.
So read on and enjoy reliving some brilliant performances that turned these athletes into stars!
15 Cardale Jones: 2014 Big Ten Championship
14 Madison Bumgarner: Game 7, 2014 Word Series
13 Buster Douglas: Fight vs. Mike Tyson
12 Roger Clemens: 20 Strikeouts in 1986
11 Usain Bolt: 2008 Bejing Olympics
10 Carli Lloyd: World Cup Final 2015
9 Adrian Peterson: 2007, Week 9
8 Pele: World Cup Final 1958
7 Jordan Spieth: Masters 2015
6 Stephen Curry: 54 Points on the Knicks
5 Tiger Woods: Masters 1997
4 Magic Johnson: 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
3 Johnny Manziel: 2012 Win against #1 Alabama
2 Michael Jordan: Game 2 of the first round of the 1986 Playoffs
1 James Rodriguez: 2014 World Cup vs. Uruguay
It’s rare that one game can essentially make a player millions, but that is the case with Colombian star James Rodriguez. Before the 2014 World Cup, Rodriguez was an emerging player for AS Monaco, but not seen as an elite midfielder. That all changed with his brilliant performance throughout the World Cup, highlighted by a fantastic game against Uruguay when Rodriguez scored both goals in a 2-0 win, including the goal of the tournament. His great performance earned him a reputation as a superstar and a monster deal with Real Madrid.
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