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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 ...

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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.