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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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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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#7 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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#78 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#20 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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#4 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#2 on The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

#13 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#46 on The Best Oklahoma City Thunder Players 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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#10 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#64 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#2 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#7 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and Washington ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Basketball player, Entrepreneur, Actor Athlete

Credits: Michael Jordan to the Max, Michael Jordan: His Airness, Playground, He Got Game

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#5 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#1 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#1 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#26 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez, nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player, Actor, Athlete

Credits: Sunday Night Baseball, Playball, WrestleMania XXVIII, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

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#19 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#32 on The Greatest New York Yankees of All-Time

#8 on The Best Seattle Mariners of All Time

#59 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was nicknamed "The Worm" and was known for ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Wrestler, Actor Athlete, + more

Credits: The Apprentice, Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast, The Rodman World Tour, Double Team

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#30 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#28 on The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time

#49 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Athletes
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Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson is an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer

Credits: Tyson, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Rocky Balboa

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#12 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#70 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#5 on The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

#9 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

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