#1 on the original list
Wayne Gretzky Canada, United States of America Best Hockey Player in every aspect- almost 1000 more points than anyone else, almost 200 more goals than anyone else, more than 700 more assists than anyone else, etcetera... His assists say it all
#74 on the original list
Miroslav Klose Germany, Poland Top scorer in World Cup history and only player to ever score 5 goals in back to back tournaments. His sportsmanship is exceptional; like Kahn, receiving the FIFA fair play award. He has taken back
#482 on the original list
Steve Nash Canada, England Under 6 feet? You want to play basketball and be good?...... enter Mr. Nash. A role model to many, Nash is an incredibly skilled and unselfish player.
#954 on the original list
Trevor Linden Canada Without a doubt one of the most unselfish leaders in the NHL, maybe tied with Iginla or Sakic. He was a very skilled hockey player but without any of the unnecessary traits that go with hockey
#95 on the original list
Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany Best keeper in the history of the game and a fair player at that- one of only 15 players to ever receive the FIFA fair play award for exceptional sportsmanship. In a game accused of being better
#431 on the original list
Joe Sakic Canada Captain Clutch Joe Sakic was the perfect player, Gretzky without the "don't hit him" contract everyone else seemed to have. He was fast, great leader, great team player, incredibly accurate
#155 on the original list
Novak Djokovic Serbia Phenomenal tennis player to someone sick of hearing of Federer and Nedal, and who can show them both how to lose, repeatedly. Not only that, but he is a fair player and doesn't have the attitude of
#204 on the original list
Gerd Müller Germany Fantastic soccer player for Germany and Bayern Munich. In 1972 he had 85 goals in one year, a feet never challenged until Messi broke it in 2012, and he is the second highest goalscorer in FIFA World
#376 on the original list
Mia Hamm United States of America Most influential female athlete in the world in my opinion, and I would be being sexist to not put the heart of Women's soccer onto this list.
#362 on the original list
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Despite the controversy, this Portuguese star is arguably the most successful, talented player in the game today, always in a head to head clash with Messi, in a class reserved for the 2 of them.
#449 on the original list
Steven Gerrard United Kingdom, England A great player with no cheapness or dirtiness about his playing style. He always gives his all and is the best player on a continuously overrated English national team.
#1023 on the original list
Simon Whitfield Canada Canadian Olympic Triathlete with a fantastic career. His Olympic gold in 2000 is a text book case of will power trumping the statistical "stronger" athletes.
#114 on the original list
Henrik Sedin Sweden Tremendously skilled player with a huge amount of modesty and unselfishness. His passing ability is second only to Gretzky and he never is dirty, something I really wish happened more in Hockey.
Michael Schuhmacher Germany
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