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Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed 

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Only superstars who back up the fuss surrounding their career

Overhyped athletes who still performed represent a special breed of athletes who captured the attention of fans and critics around the world with their potential then went on to live up to the expectations and often exceed them. These athletes were expected by so many to dominate their respective sports and they did just that.

These fine football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, boxing and Olympic athletes had all eyes upon them as they were projected by experts to have long and successful careers filled with titles, awards and praise. Many did that and then some, going down as some of the best to ever play the game.

A great deal of these athletes were taken first overall in their respective professional drafts, such as star NHL players Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, who were taken first in the NHL Draft in 2004 and 2005, respectively, or NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin, who was picked first in the 2009 NBA Draft. Professional football players are right up there as well, such as 2011 first overall pick Cam Newton who made a quick impact on the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League.

Others not only captured the attention of prospective professional teams but also entire countries as they represented their homeland on the world's stage in the Olympics. Michael Phelps is perhaps the best example of a highly hyped athlete who lived up to the expectations. The swimmer shattered numerous personal, Olympic and world records as he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

All of these athletes accomplished what so many up and comers aspire to do. They made headlines first for their potential, then became household names for their performance and many went on to become legends of the sport. Of course some went on to wait too long to retire but for the most part, these athletes had nearly flawless careers and it does not get much better than that.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 34

Nationality: Portugal

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Teams: Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F., Sporting Clube de Portugal, Portugal national football team

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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 33

Nationality: Jamaica

Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 34

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: North Baltimore Aquatic Club

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Dave_7672 added Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Washington Wizards, North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball, + more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 43

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America, Canada

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Teams: Edmonton Oilers

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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia

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Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Kimi Räikkönen... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: Finland

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Bucks, UCLA Bruins men's basketball

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States of America

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Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
misterforce added Age: 28

Nationality: Romania

Birthplace: Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

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

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 44

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: England, London

Teams: Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F., Paris Saint-Germain F.C., A.C. Milan, LA Galaxy, + more

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 32

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Canadian National Men's Hockey Team, Rimouski Océanic

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 30

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Auburn Tigers football, Florida Gators football

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 34

Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Age: 43

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Timberwolves

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