Greatest Athletes of All Time

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161 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.
162 Walter Payton Walter Payton Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons.

There is not an athlete in history who was in better physical shape or in more control of his body than Walter. He took a beating in the most brutal sport on earth for over a decade and NEVER missed a game. He once held nearly every rushing record, could play any position, won it all, and received every accolade possible. He was the best football player of all time and the greatest athlete.

Okay, In College he kicked and ran. In the NFL he got the most career yards as a power back, he even subed in for QB time-to-time and when he wanted to even though it was very rare he could juke people out. If he were to run Like Franco Harris or Emmitt Smith and go away from people he would have at least 20000 career rushing yards. And If you consider auto-racing a sport, When he retired he was a racer for a while.

Walter Payton is WAY more deserving of a higher rank than this. He was perfectly conditioned, motivated athlete in addition to being a great football player. Look at the list above him tons of people who weren't even close to being "ATHLETES". This list is a joke... You have racecar drivers on it?

Give me a break; Walter Payton should be way higher on this list.

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163 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

Are you kidding me?! Look at some of these people on this list! Getting 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season is so crazy cause most gaurds aren't gonna block many shots and most big men aren't quick enough to get many steals. Jordan did it 2 times and Patrick Ewing did it twice also. Hakeem did it 12 times! And he's the only player to have recorded over 200 blocks and steals in a single season. That big man was powerful, skillful, and quick like a cat. Not bad for a soccer player! Ha!

He won his 2 championships in the 'Jordan era', so you could say that he is the second best only to Jordan - BillCipher

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164 Hossein Rezazadeh

He is a kind of huge, strong and cute guy

165 Rod Laver

Has to be rated as the greatest tennis player that ever lived due to his record spanning both the amateur and professional eras. He was also the first athlete to earn a Million dollars. His most outstanding feat among a list of many is making two grand slams in two eras, that in itself is insupassable. Rocket Rod you're the man of tennis. As for the greatest athlete of all time then you can't go past Jim Thorpe. To even contemplate anyone else shows a complete lack of understanding of the task set.

166 Luis Tiant
167 Mia Hamm

Love her and soccer. I also read a book about her at school.

168 Thomas Muller Thomas Muller Thomas Müller is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.
169 Nick Collins
170 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole Ashley Cole is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
171 CC Sabathia
172 Ricky Steamboat Ricky Steamboat Richard Henry Blood Sr., better known by his ring name Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, is an American retired professional wrestler.
173 Mickey Mantle

Nobody but nobody possessed the tremendous strength and blazing speed that Mantle had. If it hadn't had been for bad legs, injuries, and booze, he would have hit 800 home runs. He could have played pro football or basketball, exchanged punches with Marciano in the 50's as a professional boxer, been a powerlifter, or an Olympic decathlete. He was that talented. Mantle is, in my opinion, the greatest athlete ever. And he did it without steroids. Probably more fans paid to see Mantle play than any other athlete. Many fans also showed up early at the ballpark just see Mantle take batting practice. He is without a doubt the greatest clutch hitter in late innings MLB history. Mantle may be the fastest player ever and his perfect game-saving catch in the 1956 World Series is one of the best catches ever(very few center fielders ever could've made that play). Also, two players on the same team chasing Babe Ruth's homerun record (Mantle and Maris) is the second greatest athletic feat in ...more

He had blazing speed, was very strong, and had great eye-hand coordination. He naturally is degraded in the ranking by his injuries and drinking, but he would have been excellent in track, football or just about anything else he wanted to do.

Mickey Mantle is one of the most incredible and well rounded ball players to ever step onto a baseball diamond. The records and things he was able to accomplish, no one in history compares to him.

He was as great as Willie Mays.

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174 Terry Fox Terry Fox

I couldn't say who the greatest living athlete is. But I would put for contention that the greatest athlete was a runner.

He didn't break any speed records.

He had one race; one challenge, and he couldn't even finish that.

He did manage to run more consecutive marathons in consecutive days than anyone else-5, 373 km in 143 days.

That is an average of 23. 3 miles per day.

On one leg.

There is in any course of human endeavor--be it art, invention or sport where some times, on a very rare occassion, one person elevates something simple, beyond its simplicity and shows us not only what one person can achieve if motivated, but rather what all of us might if we harnassed the barest echo of that resolve.

I have noticed that frequently, your country loves the winner to the exclusion of all else.

Terry Fox could not complete his race. He was completing not just agaisnt the miles, but against his own body turned traitor. In the end ...more

Terry Fox had heart... And passion... And what he did was not for his own benefit, but for the benefit of all humans. In fact he died before he could complete his course, but boy, what a run. With one leg and the biggest heart, he has become the greatest Canadian, and by extension, the greatest athlete in the world.

"Perseverance" is the most important word in the world today and Terry Fox shown through this word to the people. Terry also shown the world that any athletes with disability that can compete at any level!

143 consecutive marathons on one leg. While at the same time he was dying of cancer. It is impossible to deny Terry Fox a high rank of the list of the greatest athletes of all time.

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175 Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna da Silva (21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand more.

Ayrton Senna is the greatest driver of all time. Formula 1 racing can not be imagined without his name. His contribution to his sport was enormous. He proved himself in his short span of life. If he is still with us then nothing can stop him. He was a mercurial genius. He was a great champion and a very good human being. No praise is enough for him. He may have gone, but he will remain in our heart forever. He will always in the same league with Pele, Maradona and other legends.

A demigod in the world of motorsport. People unfamiliar with the sport may not recognize him today, but those who know will acknowledge that his legendary status is comparable to that of Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. Shared one of the most epic rivalries is sport-history with Frenchman Alain Prost (world champion 4 times - Senna himself 3 times). Died in '94, he remains the most recent driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car.

Fact - the Brazilian was way ahead of M. Schu when he crashed at Tamburello, and M. Schu himself regarded Senna as the best driver in History, so there is no reason for him to stay back here

Senna Should be on the top 20 at least!

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176 Abdel Latif Abu Haif

the best swimmer of all times, all over the world
he's the champ

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177 Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez

Isn't he from the movie The Sandlot?

178 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

He's better than Gretzky he should be top 10

Best a whining like a 3 year old

Best Athlete of the modern era

179 Misbah ul Haq

He is a great player

Test cricketer

Big fan

Haha what a joke. He is considered as better than Ponting, Dravid,inzimam, m yousaf,kohli, and the great IK, wasim akram. Even Abdul razaq is much better than this phatichar

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180 Björn Borg

6 straight wimbledon victories!

The King of tennis in the 70's

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