Akinator continues to prove to everyone that dares challenge him that he truly knows just about every person in the world. Still, there are many people that think they can stump him with some really hard answers. On the opposite side, there are some names that pop into someone’s head right away and Akinator is able to guess them rather quickly.
The world of sports provides a lot of the most common guesses for Akinator, with a handful of athletes showing just how popular they are around the world when someone is tasked to immediately think of someone for Akinator to guess. Out of all of the athletes in the world, living or not, these five are the most common for the AI genie.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The most popular response for Akinator in athletics is Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer superstar that has played with several professional clubs during his career. Ronaldo became an icon when he first played for Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, then spent much of his prime with Real Madrid before heading to Juventus and eventually returning to Man U.
Ronaldo is one of those athletes that transcends culture and has been seen as one of the best soccer players of all time. The mainstream celebrity is the most well-known athlete on an international basis, which makes sense as he’s won the Ballon d’Or Award for the world’s best player and became a billionaire during his career.
2. Lionel Messi
Surprisingly, there are only two soccer players on the list despite Akinator’s global reach, but they do take the top two spots. Behind Ronaldo is Lionel Messi, the Argentinian star that made his way to Spain in the early 2000s to start his professional career with Barcelona.
He remained with the club until 2021 when he went to Paris Saint-Germain, and like Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest to ever play. Messi scored more than 470 goals in La Liga and another 91 for the Argentina national team. He’s a true icon of the sport that like Ronaldo is also known by even the most casual fans.
3. Kobe Bryant
The rest of the top five is reserved for American athletes, with the top spot belonging to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant spent 20 years in the NBA, all of which were with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won five NBA championships and was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008.
Bryant was one of those players that were so special that he had two jersey numbers retired with both 8 and 24 hanging in the rafters at the Lakers’ home arena. Sadly, Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, but his legacy has lived on.
4. Michael Jordan
Of course, you can’t mention professional basketball without mentioning the man that most consider to be the greatest player in the sport’s history. Michael Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s while also winning league MVP five times between 1988 and 1998.
Jordan is the player that everyone who is in the league now looked up to while they were growing up, and although he hasn’t played professionally since 2003, everyone that knows what the sport of basketball is knows Michael Jordan and his legacy as a player. Currently, Jordan owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
5. Tom Brady
The only American football player on the list has been called the Michael Jordan of the NFL thanks to his endless string of accomplishments and league championships. Brady came out of nowhere to dominate the NFL as he was a late-round draft pick out of Michigan but wound up leading the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl wins.
Brady added a seventh title to his legacy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has the career record for just about every major passing statistic. Brady is a three-time league MVP and is almost unanimously considered the greatest quarterback of all time thanks to his accomplishments.