For the most part, the sports genre of video games tries to deviate from the real world as little as possible.
That's why you see so many different ratings, so many different attributes, and so many different customization options for players in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and beyond.
Yet, no simulation is perfect. We all have our opinions on who are the best athletes of all time.
But which virtual athletes are the best of all time?
To some extent, the players in the game are only as good as the players holding the controller. Yet everything else being equal, certain players are, to reference NFL Blitz, "so good they ought to be illegal."
So, here are the top 20 virtual athletes of all time. Most sports are covered: football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, and extreme sports.