Some may say this is a tough comparison and extremely debatable but for me it's clear who holds the current GOAT Title!
Ma Long, has reached a level never seeing before in table tennis. He looks technically perfect and at times he seems to be unbeatable.
Ma Long, has won every major title, has the longest unbeaten streak in history and is the only player in history to have a winning ratio against every player he has ever competed against. Including his arch rival Zhang Jike with a head to head of ratio of 31-10.
Ma Long, was unfortunate not to have been granted a place 2012 Olympics and lost in the Semi-finals of the world champions to his team mate (wang Hao) on numerous occasions. If those titles were on his CV, it would have been tough for me to argue that Ma deserves the GOAT trophy.
But on this occasion, I believe as of now, Waldner is still the greatest of all time!
Waldner like Ma, has won the grand slam title in TT. So if both have won all titles and Ma has reached the highest TT level ever seen, why is Waldner still ahead for me?
Time, plays a huge factor here and I grew up watching both these Table tennis icons.
Waldner currently edges this contest for me, because:
Taking all these factors into account, currently Waldner is the greatest TT player in history (in my opinion). Now looking at the facts you can decide whether you agree with me or not!
Written by Eli Baraty
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