In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Sergio Garcia won his first Masters tournament in Augusta at the 74th attempt. A true fairytale story, which reminds us of these classics…

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Sergio Garcia won his first Masters tournament in Augusta at the 74th attempt. A true fairytale story, which reminds us of these classics…

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Leicester were in real danger of being relegated in 2015. They were destined for the drop. But Nigel Pearson manoeuvred an unreal great escape, which somehow didn’t end when the season ended. Peason was replaced by Claudio Ranieri, and miraculously the Foxes kept on winning. They lifted Premier League glory in 2016-17 which became one of the greatest ever stories in English football.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Muhammad Ali won the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ against George Foreman, who had beaten both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Frazier and Norton had previously beaten Ali on his return, and it looked to be all over for the legend before his remarkable comeback.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Alan Shearer became the top goalscorer for his hometown club, Newcastle United, in 2006 by beating legend Jackie Milburn.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Roger Federer won his first and only French Open by beating Robin Söderling in the final. Söderling had knocked out Rafael Nadal, who had beaten Federer in each of the previous four final weekends.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s Wimbledon champion in 2013 when he beat Novak Djokovic.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Nick Skelton became Britain’s second-oldest gold-winning olympian by winning the show jumping at Rio 2016. Skelton had retired 16 years earlier, and capped an outrageous comeback by claiming gold.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

John Daly wasn’t even supposed to be playing at the 1991 USPGA Championship. Ninth on the alternates list, he was the only man who could attend when Nick Price withdrew. The unknown then defied 1000-1 odds (sound familiar?) to claim glory.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Chicago Cubs won the World Series baseball championships in 1907 and 1908. They had to wait 108 years to win it again.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Didier Drogba ended his spell at Chelsea in 2012 by leading them to Champions League glory. Having scored the 87th minute equaliser, Drogba converted the match-winning penalty in the shootout to wrap up a first Champions League for the Blues.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

AFC Wimbledon capped the 14th anniversary of their foundation by winning promotion to League One by beating Plymouth Argyle at Wembley. And guess who awaited them in that division? MK Dons.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Greece were unlikely champions, beating Portugal 1-0 in the final of Euro 2004 in Lisbon. Starting in a group including Spain and the hosts, Otto Rehhagel’s men defied the odds to claim glory.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Mark Edmondson, window cleaner, won the Australian Open. He was not due to feature in the Tasmanian Open but featured due to a lack of players. He won that tournament, was called up to the Aussie Open, and beat John Newcombe in the final. Simple enough, right?

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, with a practically non-existent budget, won promotion to Division One with the fifth-lowest points tally ever. They went on to win the league, and then back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Boris Becker, 17, became the youngest men’s Grand Slam winner (a record later beaten). Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 to start an era of dominance from the German.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Bobby Robson’s Ipswich claimed glory in 1981, beating AZ ’64 in the UEFA Cup final over two legs, having beaten Arsenal 1-0 in the 1978 FA Cup final. A glorious few years.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Goran Ivanišević went into Wimbledon ranked 125th. He somehow became the only wild card to defy the odds and win the tournament, beating Australia’s Pat Rafter in the final.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Triple Grand National winner Red Rum with groom Ken Critchley. Rum won a record-breaking three titles.

In pictures: The greatest sporting fairytales

Yes, you can probably still hear Martin Tyler’s howl in your ears. Manchester United looked set to steal the Premier League title from underneath City, who were losing 2-1 at home to struggling QPR on the final day. Deep into stoppage time, Mario Balotelli equalised, giving the hosts hope, but just as fierce rivals United were celebrating an unlikely title, Sergio Aguero stepped up to win the game for City – and claim a first Premier League title.