Whilst TV pictures show pretty much every sporting event across the globe, there’s still something about looking at iconic photographs that captures the imagination. We’ve taken a look at the most popular sporting images from every year between 1960 to 2009, as per Getty Images. Have a look and see what the most popular picture was in the year that you were born.
The Italian team at the Olympic village before the start of the first ever international Paralympic Game in Rome on September 16th 1960.
Jimmy Walsh, captain of Leicester City (R) shakes hands with Danny Blanchflower captain of Tottenham Hotspur (L) before the kick off of the FA Cup final match on May 6th, 1961 at Wembley. Spurs went on to win the game 2-0.
Brazilian player Zito celebrates scoring the second goal for Brazil during the 1962 World Cup final in Santiago, Chile. Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1.
Peter Warr, driver of the Lotus 23B Ford, celebrates with the trophies after winning the first Japanese Grand Prix for sports cars on May 3rd, 1963 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan.
American Robert Hayes (far right) wins the Men’s 100m final at the 1964 Olympics, in a time of 10.0 seconds.
Terry Venables of Chelsea holds aloft the League Cup after the second leg of the final between Leicester City and Chelsea on April 5th, 1965
Bobby Charlton (centre) holds his hands up as West German players protest after Geoff Hurst scores the controversial third goal during the World Cup final at Wembley. The goal was given and England won the match 4-2
Denis Law is hugged by a fan after Scotland beat England 3-2 Wembley on April 15th, 1967.
The late, great Sir Matt Busby celebrates as his Manchester United side win the European Cup by beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley.
Manchester City captain Tony Book lifts the trophy after his team beat Leicester 1-0 to win the FA Cup final at Wembley on April 26th, 1969. (Left to right: Francis Lee, Mike Doyle, Tony Book, Harry Dowd and Colin Bell).
The lap of honour by Manchester City after they won the 1970 League Cup Final against West Brom at Wembley on March 7th, 1970.
Australia captain Bill Lawry is out for 27 after being caught by Alan Knott off Ray Illingworth during the first One Day International between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, 5th January 1971. Australia won the game by 5 wickets.
Leeds United Liverpool manager Don Revie lifts the trophy after his players beat Arsenal to win the FA Cup Final, on May 6th, 1972. Also shown are Jack Charlton (left), Billy Bremnerand Paul Reaney (far right).
American tennis player Chris Evert competing against Margaret Court of Australia in the semifinals of the Ladies’ Singles at Wimbledon. Evert won the match 1-6, 6-1, 1-6.
The new line up of FC Barcelona on May 2nd 1974. Back Row (left to right): Salvador Sadurni, Joaquim Rife, Antoni Torres, Antonio de la Cruz, Enrique Alvarez Costas and Juan Carlos Perez Lopez. Front Row (left to right): Gallego, Juan Manuel Asensi, Johan Cruyff, Hugo Sotil and Marcial Pina.
Tamil demonstrators invade the pitch during a Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Oval on June, 11th, 1975.
Kathy Kreiner of Canada celebrates with second-placed Rosi Mittermaier of Germany and Daniele Debernard of France after winning the Women’s Giant Slalom event at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria on February 13th, 1976.
Liverpool players Jimmy Case and Terry McDermott celebrate with the trophy after their victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the European Cup Final at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on May 25th, May 1977. Liverpool won the game 3-1.
Mario Kempes of Argentina in action during the World Cup match against Belgium in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
Great Britain’s Allan Wells defeats Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea in the 200m final at the European Cup in Turin, Italy, August 1979.
Bjorn Borg of Sweden holds the Gentleman’s Singles trophy as John McEnroe looks down after losing their Men’s Singles Final match at Wimbledon on July 6th, 1980.
Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell holding the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup after Australia beat New Zealand to win the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 3rd, 1981.
American tennis player Chris Evert-Lloyd competing at Wimbledon.
Kapil Dev lifts the trophy as Man of the Match Mohinder Armanath looks on after the 1983 World Cup Final victory against West Indies at Lords on June 23rd, 1983.
The opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympic Games at the LA Coliseum in Los Angeles, California on July 28th, 1984.
Boris Becker kisses the trophy to celebrate his victory over Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 during the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon on July 7th, 1985.
The New York Mets celebrate their 4-3 win in game six of World Series against the Boston Red Sox in October 1986.
Australia captain Allan Border holds the trophy after Australia had beaten England by 7 runs to win the Cricket World Cup Final in Calcutta, India on November 8th, 1987.
Ayrton Senna of Brazil drives the Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/4 Honda RA168E turbo during the Grand Prix of Monaco on May 15th, 1988.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the 1988/89 NBA season at Chicago Stadium.
Young sisters Venus and Serena Williams enjoy a day with US President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy at a Nancy Reagan Tennis Event, USA on October 6th 1990. The Williams sisters would go on to become two of the best players of all time.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during game 1 of the NBA Finals game against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 2nd, 1991 at the Chicago Stadium.
Kim Vilfort of Denmark is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the second and winning goal of the UEFA European Championships Final between Denmark and Germany on June 26th, 1992 in Gothernburg, Sweden.
Ayrton Senna of Brazil leads Alain Prost and the field at the start of Japanese Grand Prix on October 24th, 1993.
Brazil captain Dunga lifts the World Cup after his side had beat Italy on penalties in the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on July 17th, 1994.
Joost van der Westhuizen of South Africa with the ball during a pool stage match against Australia in the Rugby World Cup at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa on May 25th, 1995. South Africa won the match 27-18.
Team USA’s Amanda Borden, Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug (with leg in plaster) and Shannon Miller celebrate with their gold medals and flowers on the podium after winning the Women’s artistic team all-around competition of the Olympic Games on July 23rd, 1996 at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking a 4 feet putt to win the US Masters with a record low score of 18 under par on April 13th, 1997.
Venus Williams of the USA stretches to reach the ball played by her younger sister, Serena Williams during the second round of the Australian Open on January 21st, 1998.
Captian Carla Overbeck of the US Women’s Soccer Team raises the World Cup, as the team celebrates their victory over China in the Championship match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 10th, 1999. in Pasadena, California. The USA defeated China 5-4 in sudden death after two overtimes.
Tiger Woods plays from the ninth fairway during the 100th US Open on June 14th 2000 at the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Monterey, California.
Steve Stricker of the USA with the trophy after defeating Pierre Fulke of Sweden in the championship match 2 & 1, during the 2001 Accenture Match Play Championship, at the Metropolitan Golf Course, Melbourne on January 7th, 2001.
Cafu on the podium celebrates with the World Cup trophy after the World Cup Final match against Germany played at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan on June 30th, 2002. Brazil won the match 2-0.
England’s captain Martin Johnson breaks the Australian defence in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final played at the Telstra Stadium on November 23rd, 2002. England won the final in extra-time thanks to a drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson.
Nuno Valente of Porto hugs his manager, Jose Mourinho, after defeating Monaco in the UEFA Champions League final at the AufSchake Arena on May 26th, 2004 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff celebrates taking the wicket of Shane Warne during day five of the third Npower Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford on August 15th, 2005.
Team Sweden poses for photographers with their gold medals after defeating Finland 3-2 in the final of the men’s ice hockey match at the Winter Olympics. Te final took place on February 26th, 2006 at the Palasport Olimpico in Turin, Italy.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs through Getafe players to score one of his most iconic goals during the match between Barcelona and Getafe on April 18th, 2007.
Usain Bolt breaks the world record with a time of 19.30 to win the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final at the 2008 Olympic Games on August 20th, 2008 in Beijing, China.
New Real Madrid signing Cristiano Ronaldo is presented to a packed house at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on July 6th, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.