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Describe a popular athlete or sportsperson - Cue Card # 797

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a popular athlete or sportsperson you know.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how you know this person
  • how famous he or she is

and explain how he or she has become so popular.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

Ohh! I am so grateful to you for the chance you have given me here to talk about a popular sportsperson who also happens to be one of my favourite footballers. 

Who this person is:
Undeniably, Lionel Messi is one of the most popular footballers of our time, and here I am going to talk about him. He was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. Messi is a forward player for Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team. Often said to be the best football player the world has ever produced, he is truly a wonder when it comes to his fabulous and unbeatable soccer skills.

How you know about him:
I came to know about Messi through my passion for football. I have watched him play for years and admired his skills, agility, and speed. Messi is one of the best football players in the world, and his talent is recognized globally.

How famous he or she is:
Messi is incredibly famous, both on and off the field. He has won several awards, including seven Ballon d'Or trophies, which are given to the best football player in the world. Messi's performance in the FIFA World Cup and his numerous victories with Barcelona has made him an icon in the football world.

And explain how he or she has become so popular:
Messi has become so popular primarily because of his exceptional football skills throughout his career. He won the World Cup for his country- Argentina, in an epic victory over the 2018 champions France. But, Messi's popularity is not just because of his exceptional football skills but also because of his personality. He is known for his humility, kindness, and his willingness to give back to his community. Messi has established a foundation that focuses on children's healthcare and education, and he has donated millions to this cause.


Model Answer 2:

Well, I have known a number of popular athletes and sportspeople who have created history and records, one after another. Michael Jordan also happens to be one such sportsperson, and today, I would like to talk a little about him. Thank you for this interesting topic.

Now, please first allow me to introduce this athlete. Well, Michael Jordan is an “American legend” and the greatest basketball player of all time. Starting his basketball career at the tender age of 15 as an NBA (National Basketball Association – USA) rookie in the year of 1984, Michael Jordan became an unstoppable scoring machine, a multi-time NBA league champion, and a marketing icon who convinced millions of kids to “be like Mike.”

By the way, it's been 15 years since his last NBA game, yet Michael Jordan still carries an unmatched mystique in the eyes of players and fans. Besides, he also happens to be a generational trendsetter whose influence on sneaker culture, basketball and modern-day advertising stretches well beyond the NBA. Now if these facts and pieces of information don’t quite say how famous he really is, then this information sure will: Michael Jordan was once one of 3 most famous people on the planet, found in a study of 1996, matching his popularity with the likes of Princess Diana and the Vatican Pope.

Of course, I didn’t know so much about this sports legend until I started university. In fact, it was at that time that I started to like basketball; and the facts, figures and legends associated with this very physically demanding sport. I also learned quite a lot about him from TV interviews and popular sports magazines.

Now, to conclude, Michael Jordan didn’t become popular overnight. In fact, he had to work really hard and become “relentlessly competitive” over a rather long period of time in order to become such a sports legend. Besides, his smart decision to stick with big companies, like Nike, to do advertising also helped him tremendously to become such a popular athlete.

Model Answer 3:

One of the most popular athletes in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo, and he is the sportsperson that I would like to talk about today. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional football player who is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.

I know about Cristiano Ronaldo through various sports channels, social media, and news websites. He is incredibly famous, with a massive following of fans all around the world, who admire him not only for his impressive skills on the football pitch but also for his hard work, dedication, and charitable work off the field.

Cristiano Ronaldo's rise to popularity can be attributed to his outstanding performance as a football player. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including five Ballon d'Or awards, which are awarded to the best football players in the world. He has also played for some of the biggest football clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.

Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft, which has inspired many people all over the world. He has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts, including donating large sums of money to charities and using his platform to raise awareness about various issues.

In conclusion, Cristiano Ronaldo is an incredibly popular athlete, known not only for his impressive skills on the football pitch but also for his hard work, dedication, and charitable efforts. His incredible rise to popularity can be attributed to his impressive achievements as a football player, as well as his commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

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