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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
    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

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    #1 on the original list
    age 52 Inspirational, an athlete driven to perform to the highest level and keep going. Always a fair sport.

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    #5 on the original list
    age 29 The fastest man ever, who keeps breaking his own records... enough said. 

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    #7 on the original list
    age 75 The best player of the world's most popular sport.

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    #29 on the original list
    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.

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    #89 on the original list
    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

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    #11 on the original list
    age 30 Gold is this guy's middle name, unbeatable and determined are the best words to describe this man.

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    #456 on the original list
    age 41 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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    #958 on the original list
    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

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    #95 on the original list
    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

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    #55 on the original list
    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.

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    #406 on the original list
    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

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    #91 on the original list
    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

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    #23 on the original list
    age 50 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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    #239 on the original list
    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

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    #375 on the original list
    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.

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    #370 on the original list
    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.

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    #131 on the original list
    age 37 Do I have to explain why he's here? I really hope not.

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    #459 on the original list
    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.

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    #58 on the original list
    age 40 Winning was always in the equation; his name is based on a type of club and a ferocious predator. 

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    #114 on the original list
    age 31 The most skilled player in the NBA right now, in my opinion at least.

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    #729 on the original list
    age 32 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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    #25 on the original list
    age 67 The best defence player ever, with his iconic leap across the net to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. 

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    #1025 on the original list
    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.

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    #120 on the original list
    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.

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    #84 on the original list
    Died at 33 (1940-1973)

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    #92 on the original list
    Died at 65 (1888-1953)

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    #3 on the original list
    Died at 67 (1913-1980)

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    #21 on the original list
    Died at 38 (1903-1941)

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