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This list contains information about athletes who are atheists, loosely based on fame and popularity. Several famous cyclists, NBA players, and MMA fighters are atheists. While these athletes do not believe in God, many of them still consider themselves to be spiritual. Some of these people's lack of religion caused tension amongst their teammates.

Who is the most famous athlete who is atheist? Lance Armstrong tops our list. He says, "If there was a God, I’d still have both nuts." Bruce Lee is believed to have been a spiritual atheist. When asked if he believed in God, Lee said, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not." MMA fighter Frank Mir called religion "the retarded stepchild of philosophy."

Distance swimmer Diana Nyad told Oprah Winfrey that she thinks that an atheist can still be spiritual. "I think you can be an atheist who doesn’t believe in an overarching Being who created all of this and sees over it. But there’s spirituality because we human beings, and we animals, and maybe even we plants, but certainly the ocean and the moon and the stars, we all live with something that is cherished and we feel the treasure of it," she said.

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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 19 Famous Athletes Who Are Atheist
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Lance Armstrong is an atheist. He says, "If there was a God, I’d still have both nuts."

Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States of America

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 Famous Athletes Who Are Atheist
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Bruce Lee is believed to have been a spiritual atheist. When asked if he believed in God, Lee said, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not."

Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)

Nationality: Hong Kong, United States of America

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

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Frank Mir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 Famous Athletes Who Are Atheist
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MMA fighter Frank Mir called religion "the retarded stepchild of philosophy."

Age: 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 Famous Athletes Who Are Atheist
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Manu Ginóbili is reportedly atheist.

Age: 41

Nationality: Italy, Argentina

Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

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