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World's Most Famous Athlete?  
User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

I would say Michael Jordan

Other contenders could be Pele, or that guy who missed the penalty kick, Beckham I think

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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7438 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1218 times:
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PELE- this would have been my answer and still may very well be. But since the avenues of communication opened up over the years, the world has had more visibility to other atheletes. So who knows??

Yep, I still think Pele may have dominated the 20th Century.



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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

It has to be Jordan, though back in the day Babe Ruth was huge...both literally and figuratively...  Big grin


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
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Not in any order.

Pele
Maradona
Micheal Jordan
David Beckham



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

Chad Thomas

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

I thought the question was worldwide???
Babe Ruth...no way, nobody outside the US knows who this guy was, except some baseball fans.
Michael Jordan, better, but still, if you're not into basketball you have no idea who that is. The same goes for Tiger Woods.
I believe the best-known athlete would be a racedriver like Fangio (certainly not Schumacher or Senna as they are/were not that famous in the US) or into athletics, like Jesse Owens.
Soccer, well then Pele, but Beckham..come on...never ever!!! Most people outside Uk think he's a male hair model or a spice girl's husband (both true!!) but certainly not a soccer player (also true!! *ggg*).



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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Pele,way ahead of anybody else imho. Followed by other football players, Maradonna and Franz Beckenbauer.

User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

I'd agree with most people and say Pele. But what aboout Muhammed Ali?

Beckham is overated.


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Who's Pele?

Just kidding. I remember reading a story about his life in 4th or 5th grade or so. It was in our reading book.


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Sorry yes, of course Muhammad Ali!!
That would be my number 1, too! Even ahead of Pele.



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User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

Most definitely Pele. And I guess doing TV commercials because he can't get it up only goes to further his fame.

User currently offlineFlyinIllini From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

I would say Ali..easily then Pele, Jordan? Outside of Canada, US, and Scandanavia...is Wayne Gretzky (hockey) famous? Just wondering.

The Jamaican bobsled team.
Mike Tyson.
The ski jumper that crashed on the beginning of Wide World of Sports.
Oh you said famous..not infamous..sorry  Big grin


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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

Manny Legace (Back-up Goalie for the Detroit Redwings)





On a serious note though, I'd say MJ also. Or even "The Great One" (Wayne Gretsky)



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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

MJ, Tiger Woods, Muhhamed Ali.....who the hell is Pele?


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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1168 times:
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i would say Ronaldo. pretty much guaranteed (Pele, maybe)


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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

Gretzky is only known to sport experts in europe. Muhammad Ali is also a good candidate. I doubt Michael Jordan, he's not really famous outside the USA.

User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

What is the world's game? Football (Soccer)
Who is the most famous player of that game? Pelé
Who own a replica Santos football jersey with Pelé's #10? Hartsfieldboy  Smile

I think its pretty obvious who the most famous athlete is. You have to remeber that most of the world doesn't know anything Golf, Basketball, Boxing, Baseball or Hockey, much less any names. Yet nearly every person in every country at least knows what football is. And nearly every country have organized teams.

Flyingbronco05- Manny Legace came in a close second when polled among third world African countries.  Smile


User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Pel?? and Jordan are definitely up there.

In the US anyway, no one can even come close to Jordan's success. There are very few people in the US and quite possibly the western world that do not know who #23 is.



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User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Give Manny a couple of years.. The man knows his **** in net!

User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

Who is Fangio? Fabio's kid brother with an overbite?

I change my vote to Ali also...



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Hartsfieldboy

Manny Legace came in a close second when polled among third world African countries

Did he really?!  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Something weird happened with my post. That Pel?? was supposed to be Pele. Sorry for my mistake.

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Who is Pele? I haven't heard of this guy before.
It was studied in Psychology that more people recoginzed Michael Jordan than they did their parents, outside of the United States. I believe the study was done in a 3rd world country. I'm pretty into sports, other than soccer. Soccer is one sport I dont follow at all.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16793 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

I've read many articles about this same topic,

the most well known athlete in the World is Muhamed Ali.

I've never heard otherwise.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Pele, MJ, and Ali in that order came to mind for me...

Greg



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25 STT757 : Most folks in the US, Canada and Japan don't follow Soccer and don't know who Pele is, in these three countries baseball, basketball and football (Can
26 Kj76 : Accordng to a survey the most famous athlete in the world is actually Michael Jordan. And here in Europe he is just as famous as in the US. I believe
27 Post contains images Rai : Fame-shmame...Hepkat will always be my favorite athelete. Signed, KROC
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