Greatest Athletes of All Time

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41Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I don't think he is the greatest athlete to ever live. That title belongs to, MJ or Bo jackson, but it is blasphemous to have Pacquiao any wear above Floyd. He is 44-0 no boxer can math that. People saying he is scared to fight are dumb. Why would he be scared to fight a fight where he can gain crazy amounts of money whether he wins or loses?

Floyd mayweather is undefeated boxer. But manny pacquiao is the greatest, stronger, fighter ever. Floyd to scared "pacman" punch.

Never gets enough credit for his HARD WORK and DEDICATION. One of if not the MOST hated athletes of ALL TIME and STILL proves his dominance and athleticism in the ring time after time. He clearly belongs somewhere in the top 10 at least...

His record is in multiple weight divisions and absolutely incredible. His cocky nature gave him a subtle advantage. Worth being on this list. Number 1? Unlikely, but worth being on the list 100%

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42Kobe BryantKobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

I have loved Kobe ever since I was 2 years old. I saw Kobe when he made 81 points, I saw Kobe each time he got the MVP award in both the NBA and All-Star games. I've seen everything Kobe has accomplished if I wasn't born at the time I would see it on YouTube. Only Jesus could beat Kobe at basketball. I don't care if he can be a ball hogger sometimes, I don't care if he disses people, and I don't care if he's 21 on this list! Kobe did not go to the NBA for fame or anything like that! What he went to the NBA for was to express his love of basketball not for popularity! When he retires it will be the saddest day of my life besides the death of friends or family. Like I said I don't care if Kobe is not #1 in this list. He will always be #1 to me.

kobe may not be better than jordan but he is a beast! you have to admit!

The only reason he set any record is because he was able to skip college and go straight into the NBA, players, of the past, could not be drafted until their college teammates would have graduate (that's 4 years) if he had played college his body/skill like all athletes would have been going down. That's be real here

Best fades ever

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43Peyton ManningPeyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League.

Guys lets be serious he should be a lot higher on this list. He is like the greatest regular season quarterback ever. He understands his surroundings and has amazing leadership. The dude was a prodigy since he was like 5. He has a superbowl ring and like a billion accolades. The guy racks up stats at record breaking pace and if you had to average all the greatest quarterbacks stats PER YEAR they don't come close to Manning's. Makes everyone around him better and with a sucky or good defense manages to win. Sure the lack of more postseason success hurts his chances at being deemed better but seriously he has achieved everything a pro QB can. He will break or come seriously close to every QB record in a lot shorter time than it took the original record holders to get there. Brady broke his record of 49 TDs by 1 but look at it like this. Manning got 49 TDs in 496 attempts while it took Brady 578 attempts for that 50. Plus Manning spread the ball around and as athletic Wayne and Harrison ...more - yougnr1116

He's the best best pocket passer their is and he always makes good decisions on the field.

The most passing golds in football is the reason for cool back the best quarterback in the whole entire ward in the NFL so fall

You got a big forehead

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44Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.

I cannot believe Zidane is not higher than Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
Having said that, I still haven't seen Cruyff here, which says a lot.
And more generally, how come there are so few football (soccer) players when it is the most practiced (and popular) sport on the planet?

Zidane is the best soccer player of all time. Why is Christiano Ronaldo higher than him. Zidane should be above pele. He has the most skill

Zidane is the legend of football and he would be remained as a unique iconic player of all the time and no one could replace him.
Zidane is better than any other player in the world he was the most effective player of football ground.

The best player ever played football

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45Haile Gebrselassie

Never lost a 10.000m race, beat several world records, beat the 2h04m barrier at the marathon. Considering he came from a very poor country and made it to the top of the world, he has to be the best athlete ever!

Haile Gebreselassie is the ever great man, no doubt at all, he deserves it, Best record holder, brilliantly determined man= Hile Gebresilassie, I don't why they put here...

How do you forget as he didn't defeat for eight consecutive years. He is the 1st in the world. But who are give this rank. It is so funny! Always Americans first' who say so. I think they select by their income not by their talent. Always forgery rank.

Correction he has 28 world records and not 27! His last world record he broke was the Masters world record!

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46Sugar Ray Robinson

Best pound for pound boxer of all time. enough said.

47Derek Jeter

He's. A really good mlb player that plays shortstop for the Yankees and he's a good person on and off the field

This guy is the complete package. Playing on the biggest stage (NYC) in sports and one of the best performers in clutch situations!

Great player hits to all fields and has had 14 all star appearances

A name that will live forever.

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48Willie Mays

Read the latest biography of Willie Mays and see what the world thought of him. Better than Babe Ruth. There were no black players in Ruths era. Perfect physical specimen who also was a great person to all races. Played in poor hitters parks and still hit prolific home runs. Willie and Michael tied for first.

Willie should be in the top ten. He could control a baseball game all by himself. Hit, field, throw, run, hit for power. A 5 tool player with no comparison.

Wow there is no question Willie should be top 5. Greatest I would say. - Fahcue

In my opinion, he's the best mlb player ever. Not babe Ruth. - Ajkloth

49Tony Hawk

Most Influential and progressive skate boarded of all time. He elevated the sport into the main stream all the while Becoming a household name and media icon.

I think he is the best skate border ever he does awesome tricks - tawilliams

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50Michael VickMichael Dwayne Vick is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not as accomplished as others, but it is amazing to watch the man play. Even when surrounded by the best athletes in all of sports, Vick still seems to be in a different class from his competitors. Inhuman speed, quickness and acceleration with a cannon of an arm; Vick has the physical potential to be the greatest player to ever step on the field.

Come on, arguably the most athletic quarterback to play. His 2 years in prison ruined his career. He is so elusive, has great agility, has a CANNON throwing arm. He is a freak of nature. So underrated - RPD6478

All of you hating Vick the happened 9 years ago get over and quit and also if you say he sucks you should never talk about football again he ran a 4.25 40 and can throw a football 70 yards so shut up

You're the best

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51Serena Williams

You cannot compare apples to oranges. Serena is an enigma in sports today. I do not play sports of any kind, except for enjoying my local gym. I don't even play tennis! Pound for pound, Serena Williams out preforms any other modern athlete to date. Give her credit.

I believe when Serena Williams is on form no ladies singles player in the history of tennis could beat her, her immense power and her general domination, the only person who can stop serena is herself.

Perhaps the most dominant of any player on here within his/her sport. For the longest number of years (13 years and still going)

Best woman tennis player of all time

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52Alexander Karelin

This guy should definitely be top 10, most likely top 3. He was basically undefeated till he quit, in a sport that is immensely demanding and tough. In the last 6 years he didn't even lose a single point (except the last game of his career) and no one else has ever been able to throw super heavy weight wrestlers. No one ever!

The most dominating athlete ever... did things his competition could only dream of. Greco-Roman wrestler who went 10 years undefeated and for the last six of those years, he never had a point scored on him! - armust

Undefeated from 1988 to 2000 Even the people that vote for wrestlers got it wrong, Dan Gable and Cael Sanderson are incredible but Karelin went 6 year without being scored on. And my American friends how is John Smith not on this list 6 world/Olympic championships. So Jordan 6 world championships is #1 Smith 6 world championships not on the list and Karelin 12 world/Olympic championships #54 what? And if it is not about championships it must be about dominating you like Jordan right? Not being scored on in 6 years how do you get more dominant then that, oh I know you though people like rage dolls, Karelin win.

Absolutely best, three times olympic gold.

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53Magic JohnsonEarvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.

One of the best basketball players of all time

Best passer and play maker of all time he could also score play any position on the floor and rebound not to mention his steller defense

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54Travis Pastrana

He should be in the top 10 for sure. The kid won the AMA motocross outdoor national championship, AMA super cross championship and the ESPN X games all in one year. He won a outdoor event then hopped on a plane and won the gold in X-games freestyle.

Not my very favorite but he's definitely the ballsiest mofo out there. #tougherthana2dollarsteak the dude is INSANE he has redefined "YOLO" more times than I can count. And why isn't Brett Favre on this list?!? He's the BEST OF ALL TIME!

55Ted Williams

He was the last person to hit.400. He also has the highest all-time on-base percentage. He should be in the top 10

56Rocky Marciano

49-0 Undefeated! Never lost! Even Muhammad Ali said that Marciano was his biggest influence growing up. Definitely Rocky Marciano should be top 7

Undefeated macho and a man of steel with the ability to survive in a world of long running. He is a favourite of stallone and so why not me?

Are you serious at 125 who won 49 straight fights beat joe louis twice

Undefeated boxer he should be number 1

57Pedro Martinez

One of the best baseball player of Dominican Republic and the MLb

Greatest Dominican baseball pitcher of all time

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58Michael Schumacher

Nobody as dominate is sports like this guy did. He should be in the top ten. I think Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Lance Armstrong and Michael Schumacher should be in the top 10 because they are/were all in a league of their own against the strongest competition of their sports!

The best athlete of all time at the age if 41 and driving the most powerful machines around the world and collecting his 69th pole position and arguably the most dominate driver of all time 7 title to his name and fighting for each one of them with ruthlessness and aggression.

I think Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Lance Armstrong and Michael Schumacher should be in the top 10 because they are/were all in a league of their own against the strongest competition of their sports!

His stats are a joke. He dominated his sport, there is no more you could ask of anyone. Impossible not to have him in top 20.

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59David Beckham

Beckham is the best free-kick taker

Real champion and the great man! Respect.

He's good but a bit overrated though

What is he doing on this list

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60Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

The man who changed basketball

Had the only unstoppable shot... The old sky hook

He played into his 40s and was still very competitive.

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