#2 on the original list
Wayne Gretzky age 54 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
#1 on the original list
Michael Jordan age 52 Inspirational, an athlete driven to perform to the highest level and keep going. Always a fair sport.
#6 on the original list
Usain Bolt age 29 The fastest man ever, who keeps breaking his own records... enough said.
#5 on the original list
Pelé age 75 The best player of the world's most popular sport.
#25 on the original list
Lionel Messi age 28 More goals than anyone in one year (2012) and the best all round player in the world of the world's most popular sport.
#93 on the original list
Miroslav Klose age 37 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
#11 on the original list
Michael Phelps age 30 Gold is this guy's middle name, unbeatable and determined are the best words to describe this man.
#1020 on the original list
Trevor Linden age 45 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
#74 on the original list
Oliver Kahn age 46 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
#41 on the original list
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999) Wilt the Stilt, fantastic player to watch and with 100 points in one game, he is he king of basketball.
#442 on the original list
Joe Sakic age 46 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
#71 on the original list
Novak Djokovic age 28 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
#163 on the original list
Gerd Müller age 70 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
#391 on the original list
Mia Hamm age 43 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.
#304 on the original list
Cristiano Ronaldo age 30 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.
#484 on the original list
Steven Gerrard age 35 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.
#55 on the original list
Tiger Woods age 40 Winning was always in the equation; his name is based on a type of club and a ferocious predator.
#50 on the original list
LeBron James age 31 The most skilled player in the NBA right now, in my opinion at least.
#20 on the original list
Bobby Orr age 67 The best defence player ever, with his iconic leap across the net to win the 1970 Stanley Cup.
#1083 on the original list
Simon Whitfield age 40 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.
#106 on the original list
Henrik Sedin age 35 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.
#46 on the original list
Bruce Lee Died at 33 (1940-1973)
#75 on the original list
Jim Thorpe Died at 65 (1888-1953)
#73 on the original list
David Beckham age 40
#35 on the original list
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)
Michael Schuhmacher age 58
#22 on the original list
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)
#10 on the original list
Steffi Graf age 46
#53 on the original list
Maria Sharapova age 28
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