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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 5 Best Athletes of 2012
Lionel Messi age 30 - Breaking multiple records in a year, having more goals then a lot of top clubs (cough Liverpool cough..), and at least two trophies, Messi is the greatest right now, and no doubt is he writing a case for best of all time

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 5 Best Athletes of 2012
LeBron James age 33 - 1 word describes this year for LeBron, ring...

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Tom Boonen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 5 Best Athletes of 2012
Tom Boonen age 37 - Well many would be inclined to include Wiggens here, I say it was Boonen with the greatest success in cycling this season.  With key wins in the classics, including roubioux Boonen has quite literally ridden back to the top spot ...

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 5 Best Athletes of 2012
Michael Phelps age 32 - The greatest Summer Olympian of all time.  He solidified this this summer and also showed strong at world's

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Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 5 Best Athletes of 2012
Missy Franklin age 22 - Teenage sensation Missy Franklin is amazing.  A gold medal, and she's not even an adult yet... no wait multiple gold medals.  2012 was a year for her that can be understated by saying it was great.