Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.
"It's a free country, and everybody is entitled to an opinion," said Darren Sammy, the amiable West Indies captain, when asked about withering criticism from the former fast bowler Michael Holding of the current set-up.
The world rankings do not lie and neither does Rory McIlroy.
"It's not a simple thing to just go out there and knock up a hundred," Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday in the little lecture theatre of the Lord's museum which was used for his pre-match press conference and yet another round of questioning about his long lean run.
It was a struggle for West Indies.
When Usain Bolt sashayed into a cramped and overcrowded London hotel room on Thursday to face the world’s media, he blinked at the barrage of flashbulbs before uttering one word under his breath: “Wow”.
Carl Froch will not miss the physical and spiritual grind of his calling, nor the aggravation that comes with the deal-making and -breaking, the spats and feuds, that create as much rancour as money – although he was pretty good at that, too.
Stephane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris aboard Erupt here on Tuesday evening, and was perhaps starting to wonder if he will get a chance to do so again after the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.