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List of famous male athletes, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male athletes list contains the most prominent and top males known for being athletes. There are thousand of males working as athletes in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic athletes have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a athlete then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing contains people like Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter.

While this isn't a list of all male athletes, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male athletes?" and "Who are the best male athletes?"
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. He was the first ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Soccer Player, Model, Actor, Athlete

Credits: The Class of 92, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Goal II: Living the Dream, David Beckham: Into the Unknown

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#21 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#14 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

#30 on The Hottest Men Over 40

#10 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. Following an outstanding amateur and two-year college golf career, Woods turned professional at age 20 in ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States of America

Profession: Golfer, Athlete, Writer

Credits: Monday Night Golf

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#16 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepdad

#7 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#78 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#22 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lb, he has started at the small forward and power forward positions. James has won two NBA championships, four NBA Most ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Television producer, Screenwriter, Athlete, Voice acting

Credits: More Than A Game, 2015 NBA All Star All Style, Trainwreck, Late Show With David Letterman

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#2 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#8 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#13 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#15 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 17-time All-Star, 15-time ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Athlete

Credits: The Black Mamba, I Am Bruce Lee, 2004 MTV Movie Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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#58 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#2 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#6 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#19 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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