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Best Athletes of All Time (In my Opinion)

List Criteria: Open to all amateur or professional athletes in any sport

Sportsmanship I think is such an underrated trait in the world today, so this list reflects a lot of that bias.
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    #2 on the original list 1961 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

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    #1 on the original list 1963 Inspirational, an athlete driven to perform to the highest level and keep going. Always a fair sport.

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    #6 on the original list 1986 The fastest man ever, who keeps breaking his own records... enough said. 

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    #4 on the original list 1940 The best player of the world's most popular sport.

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    #16 on the original list 1987 More goals than anyone in one year (2012) and the best all round player in the world of the world's most popular sport.

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    #52 on the original list 1978 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

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    #8 on the original list 1985 Gold is this guy's middle name, unbeatable and determined are the best words to describe this man.

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    #503 on the original list 1974 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.

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    #860 on the original list 1970 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

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    #54 on the original list 1969 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

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    #21 on the original list 1936 Wilt the Stilt, fantastic player to watch and with 100 points in one game, he is he king of basketball.

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    #524 on the original list 1969 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

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    #326 on the original list 1987 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

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    #39 on the original list 1965 Talent + Size + Speed is an unusual mixture but #66 had it and he is widely considered to be #99's equal.

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    #97 on the original list 1945 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

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    #216 on the original list 1972 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.

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    #84 on the original list 1985 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.

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    #46 on the original list 1978 Do I have to explain why he's here? I really hope not.

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    #380 on the original list 1980 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.

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    #36 on the original list 1975 Winning was always in the equation; his name is based on a type of club and a ferocious predator. 

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    #48 on the original list 1984 The most skilled player in the NBA right now, in my opinion at least.

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    #608 on the original list 1983 The heart of Canadian Women's soccer, Sinclair has had just as much of a positive influence on youth sports in Canada as almost any hockey player. 

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    #66 on the original list 1948 The best defence player ever, with his iconic leap across the net to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. 

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    #880 on the original list 1975 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.

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    #178 on the original list 1980 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.

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