The most famous sports figures include some of the most popular athletes of all time as well as some of the most talented players ever to compete in their respective sports. These sports legends include NBA stars like Michael Jordan and golf legend (and tabloid star) Tiger Woods. The athletes on this list are among the most popular athletes in the world, though they aren't all famous for their ability to pall ball. Some may be among the most well-liked athletes in sports, thanks to their charisma, charm, and sense of humor, while others got extra famous from celebrity scandals.
Who are the most famous athletes around? These top athletes found the attention of the public eye and have managed, for the most part, to stay relevant even when they're not competing. Maybe they won multiple championships. Or married a movie star. Or got outed cheating on their wives. Whatever the case, they managed to caption the attention of the public at large, and have maintained their star status through excellent athletic ability and pure celebrity magnetism.