The sporting legends who had years and years of success

Sir Stanley Matthews appearing for Blackpool FC at Bloomfield Road
Sir Stanley Matthews: Played more than 700 league games for Stoke City and Blackpool in a career spanning 33 years. He won the FA Cup only once in his career - but the infamous 1953 final has been named after him ever since
Merlene Ottey dips for the line in the 100m final at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
Merlene Ottey: Representing Jamaica, Ottey's first Olympic medal came with a bronze in Moscow in 1980. Twenty years later she took bronze in the 100m and silver in the 4x100m relay in Sydney. She took part in a seventh Games when she ran for Slovenia in 2004 after gaining citizenship in 2002 and narrowly missed out on an eighth when she just missed the qualifying time for Beijing in 2008. In 2010 she became the oldest athlete to compete at the European Championships
Brett Favre playing for the Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre: The NFL is known for its big hits and short careers, so Brett Favre's achievements are truly incredible. The quarterback started 321 consecutive games - 89 more than any other player in league history - and threw a record 502 touchdown passes.
Tom Watson playing at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Tom Watson: Almost 30 years after turning professional, Watson almost pulled off one of golf's biggest shocks at the age of 59 at The Open in 2009. A par on the last would have been enough for the eight-time major winner to win at Turnberry, 22 years after he had won at the same venue, but his bogey led to a play-off and he eventually lost to Stewart Cink
Jason Leonard takes on Sebastian Aguirre of Uruguay during the Rugby World Cup in 2003
Jason Leonard: The prop was the youngest front-row international when he won his first cap against Argentina in 1990. During his 14-year international career, he went on to feature at four World Cups, including England's win in 2003, and go on three Lions tours. He played 114 times for England before retiring in 2004
W.G. Grace of Gloucestershire standing at the wicket in 1904
WG Grace: Over a career spanning 43 years, Grace scored 54,896 first-class runs, made 126 centuries and took 2,876 wickets between 1865 and 1908. He scored 839 in eight days in 1876. Grace made his Test debut aged 32, making 152 against Australia and eventually retired from international cricket at the age of 51. As an 18-year-old he scored 224 not out for England against Surrey but left halfway through the match to run a quarter-mile hurdles championship at the Crystal Palace, which he won
Martina Navratilova holds up the winners' plate at Wimbledon in 1987
Martina Navratilova: The Czech-born American player's career lasted more than three decades and saw her win 18 Grand Slam titles and a total of 167 singles crowns. At 49, she won a 59th Grand Slam title with victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open alongside Bob Bryan
Lester Piggott racing in 1990
Lester Piggott: Won the Epsom Derby nine times and, as an 18-year-old, became the youngest ever to win the event in 1954. He rode 5,300 winners in more than 30 countries during 47 years in the saddle. Aged 56, he claimed the 2,000 Guineas in 1992 on Rodrigo de Triano - his 30th British Classic win. Piggott eventually retired in 1995, although he took part in a special race at the Melbourne Cup meeting in 2001
Bernard Hopkins throws a right at Karo Murat during their light heavyweight fight in Boardwalk Hall Arena on October 26, 2013.
Bernard Hopkins: The American became the oldest boxer to win a world championship (48 years, 1 month, and 22 days) when he defeated Tavoris Cloud to win the IBF light-heavyweight title in March and retained the belt with a points win over Germany's Karo Murat in October. 'The Executioner' has 54 career wins, six losses and two draws since his first professional fight in 1988
Phil Taylor taking part in the PDC World Championship darts final in January 2013
Phil Taylor: After starting his working life making ceramic toilet roll holders, Taylor was spotted playing darts in a pub in Stoke by former world champion Eric Bristow. Taylor won the World Championship at his first attempt in 1990 and, at the age of 52, won his 16th PDC World Championships in January
Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the California Angels during a game in the 1989 MLB Season at Anaheim Stadium
Roger Clemens: Known for his powerful arm, 'The Rocket' was one of the biggest names in baseball for 24 years, and was named best pitcher in Major League Baseball seven times. Twice a winner of the World Series, Clemens retired in 2007
Ryan Giggs playing for Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1997
Ryan Giggs: The former Wales winger could be set for his 954th Manchester United appearance against Tottenham on Sunday. He has won as many league titles as Arsenal (13) and although he is out of contract at the end of the season and has also taken on coaching duties, he wants to continue to play for as long as possible