Sportspersons

Play a few games and get fame and fortune in return; who wouldn’t love that? Athletes and sportsmen, and women, have always been a great sour of inspiration for everyone. A few examples that would come to mind would be people like Michael Jordan, who was actually denied the opportunity to play on the varsity basketball team because he was too short; and Dick Hoyt, better known as Team Hoyt amongst athletic circles for being the father who took to triathlons just so that his disabled son could enjoy being a part of them; he has successfully completed 6 Ironman races. They symbolize the level of fitness, competitive edge, physique, popularity and fame that everyone wishes they had. In some countries, certain sportsmen are so famous and admired that they are actually worshiped. That said, it must be made clear that achieving that level of fame is no easy task and requires years of dedicated practice and training. Great athletes, whether they be cricketers, basketball or baseball players, formula 1 drivers, footballers or rugby players put in a substantial amount of their time and energy in perfecting their skills. To know more about such individuals, their life’s story, timeline, trivia and interesting facts, you just have to breeze though the list of biographies mentioned below.

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 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Portuguese

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the world's highest-paid athletes. He is a versatile attacker capable of playing on either wing as well as through the center of the pitch. He has the distinction of being the first European to score 100 international goals.

 2 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian

Considered one of the best football players in the world and a prolific goal scorer, Lionel Messi has shattered and created numerous records in his playing career. Regarded by another soccer legend, Diego Maradona, as his successor, the Argentinian superstar is also one of the world’s highest paid athletes.

 3 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 2020

The former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was drafted into NBA immediately after his school and went on to become one of the most successful basketball players of his generation. During his career of two decades, the Los Angeles Lakers player created numerous new records. He authored a book and one of his poems even inspired an animated short film.

 4 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

A superstar, a legend and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is all this and much more. Very few athletes can match up with his level of popularity and impact. And if that is not enough, he is also the richest former professional athlete in the world.

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 5 John Cena

John Cena
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Listed In: Actors, Wrestlers, Rappers
Famous As: Wrestler, Rapper
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

One of the biggest WWE stars of all time, John Cena has bagged 25 championships, with 16 reigns as a world champion since his professional career began two decades back. Apart from wrestling, Cena has also carved a career as an actor and rapper. His significant projects include films The Marine, Trainwreck and Sisters and rap album You Can't See Me.

 6 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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Listed In: Tennis Players
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 7 Neymar

Neymar
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Brazilian
Amongst the best football players in the world presently, Neymar is a part of Brazil national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. The prolific goal scorer debuted with Santos and played for Barcelona before joining PSG in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.
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 8 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

American professional basketball player, Stephen Curry, plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and is considered to be one of the greatest shooter in NBA history. His three-point shot is said to have revolutionised the basketball game. He has many records to his credit and his team has won couple of NBA championships.

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 9 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese, American
Died: July 20, 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

 10 Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

The current WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, is one of the most popular WWE superstars of the current generation. After battling leukemia for 11 years, Reigns announced that he would take an indefinite break to receive treatment. He made a comeback in 2019 and went on to reestablish his position as a popular champion.

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 11 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Kevin Durant is regarded as one of the best basketball players of his generation. He is known for his phenomenal scoring ability and is hailed as an excellent playmaker. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was part of the US men’s national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

 12 The Undertaker

The Undertaker
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is currently signed to WWE. In a career spanning over three decades, he has clinched the world heavyweight championship seven times. He has appeared in a few films and TV shows as well. In 2004, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

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 13 Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt
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Listed In: Athletes
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

 14 David Beckham

David Beckham
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
David Beckham is a former English footballer who was football superstar on-field and a heartthrob off-field. A former player for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan, among others, Beckham was a free-kick specialist, a brilliant crosser of the ball and the first English player to win league titles in four countries. His passion for football, charisma and fashion style have made him an international sensation.  
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 15 André the Giant

André the Giant
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Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

 16 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

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 17 Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the greatest tight end of all time, Rob Gronkowski is also considered one of the best American football players of his generation. Also one of the most popular players, thanks to his larger-than-life personality, Rob Gronkowski has set many National Football League (NFL) records as a tight end.

 18 Paige

Paige
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Retired wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige, has won the Divas Championship twice and was also its the youngest winner. She was also the first NXT Women's Champion. Paige later appeared on shows such as Total Divas and Tough Enough, and films such as Santa's Little Helper
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 19 Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Listed In: Boxers
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

One of the most remunerative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a glorious boxing career. One of the most decorated boxers ever, Floyd is regarded as the best pound for pound boxer by many websites. During his career, he had his share of controversies and made brief appearances in shows like WWE and Dancing with the Stars.

 20 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
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Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

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 21 Triple H

Triple H
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Often considered the best wrestler in North America, Triple H played an important role in the World Wrestling Federation's Attitude Era as part of the influential D-Generation X stable. From being a professional wrestler, he went on to become a part of WWE's management team after marrying CEO Vince McMahon's daughter Stephanie. Triple H is a WWE Hall of Famer

 22 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Greek

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a professional basketball player and plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He’s called ‘Greek Freak’ as he hails from Greece and also due to his size, speed and ball-handling skills. He was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He represents Greece at the international level.

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 23 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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Famous As: American football quarterback
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Aaron Rodgers, who has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in the history of the National Football League (NFL), is regarded by many as one of the greatest football quarterbacks ever. Also known for his humanitarian and charitable efforts, Aaron Rodgers is an ardent supporter of the MACC Fund, which is a fund-raising organization.

 24 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

Paul Pogba is a prominent football player for the English club Manchester United; in 2016 he was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million, which remains the highest paid fee by any English club. Also an important member of the France national team, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

 25 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former American professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan, is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world. He had a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He has also acted in several movies. However, he has been accused of being a racist and a homophobic and a leaked sex tape involving him created quite a stir.

 26 Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher
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Listed In: F1 Drivers
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

With seven Formula One championship under his belt, Michael Schumacher is the most successful racer of Formula 1 and one of the greatest motor sports driver in the world. The retired German racer was the face of Ferrari for a decade and with his tremendous on track success also became one of best paid athletes in the sport’s history.

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 27 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
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Listed In: Cricketers
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is presently the captain of Indian national cricket team. A cricket lover, he started training while still young and shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

 28 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A four-time All-Star and six-time All-Defensive Team member, Kawhi Leonard has helped two teams win NBA championships while earning the Finals Most Valuable Player award on both THE occasions. In 2015 and 2016, he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Nicknamed the Claw for his amazing ball-hawking skills, Leonard is known for his quiet demeanor off-court.

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 29 Simone Biles

Simone Biles
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Listed In: Gymnasts
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Simone Biles is an artistic gymnast. Having won a combined total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals, Biles is the world's third-most decorated gymnast and the most decorated in America. Regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time by some, Simone Biles continues to inspire several aspiring gymnasts around the world, especially gymnasts from the black community.

 30 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

Russian professional mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is known for holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, with 28 wins and no losses. In September 2020, he was named #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He practices Islam and is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.

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 31 Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

 32 Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

 33 Ric Flair

Ric Flair
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Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Ric Flair, or The Nature Boy, is a 16-time wrestling world champion and has competed in NWA, WWF, and WCW. He became the first two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee and the first to compete in WCW's Triple Crown. He has been Wrestling Observer’s Wrestler of the Year eight times.

 34 Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
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Listed In: Swimmers
Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

The most decorated and successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer who has won a total of 28 Olympic medals. He is widely considered one of the greatest athletes ever and the greatest swimmer of all time. He has several world records and Olympic records under his belt.

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 35 Steve Austin

Steve Austin
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Listed In: WWE Wrestlers, Actors
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Steve Austin, popularly known as Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American television host, actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler. He is one of the most popular and influential WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era, during which he was the face of the company.

 36 Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazil’s victory in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Later, he helped FC Barcelona win two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. The two time FIFA world Player of the Year, who retired in 2018, was known for his technical skills and creativity.

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 37 Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

 38 Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Egyptian

Egyptian professional footballer Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best players in the world. Known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed, he plays for the Premier League club Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. He has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year twice. His fans and the press have nicknamed him "The Pharaoh."

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 39 Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
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Listed In: F1 Drivers
Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous with Formula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured with MBE by the Queen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One Grand Prix Racing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has 6 World Championship titles and 90 race victories to his name.

 40 Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

One of the most popular female WWE wrestlers of the current generation, Sasha Banks was named the top black wrestler in a list titled BW 500 in 2020. A celebrated wrestler, she was involved in the first Iron Woman match, first women's WWE pay-per-view event, and first women's Hell in a Cell match.

 41 Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
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Listed In: Tennis Players
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese, American

 42 Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Belgian

One of the best Belgian footballers of all time, Eden Hazard is also regarded as one of the best players of the current generation. Thanks to his ability to retain possession among other footballing skills, Hazard is often compared with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

 43 Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
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Listed In: Cricketers
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

Indian right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma is also the vice-captain in the limited-overs format. One of the few cricketers to score a century in all three formats, he is also the first player with two ODI double centuries. He is WWF-India’a Rhino Ambassador and works for PETA’s campaigns for street animals.

 44 Bill Goldberg

Bill Goldberg
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Professional wrestler and former football player. Bill Goldberg, is currently signed to WWE on a part-time deal. A very popular figure in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he has wrestled for many promotions and is best known for his stint with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.  

 45 Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish

Considered one of the best football players in the world, Robert Lewandowski plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and leads the Poland national team as its captain. Known for his exceptional goal scoring ability and striking skills, Lewandowski has earned several accolades including Polish Player of the Year title for eight consecutive years. Besides, he is also a venture capitalist.

 46 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 47 Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.
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Famous As: American Football Wide Receiver
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

 48 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Famous As: Professional baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1972
The first African-American to play in MLB in the modern era, Jackie Robinson helped herald the end of racial segregation in baseball. He broke the baseball color line and encouraged black players not to be confined to the Negro leagues alone. In 1962, he became a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

 49 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
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Listed In: Tennis Players
Famous As: American tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 50 Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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