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.

 1 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.

 2 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.

 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 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.

 6 Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman
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Listed In: Gymnasts
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
With six Olympic medals, including gold medals won at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnast Aly Raisman is the second-most-decorated Olympic gymnast in the U.S. She was one of many who accused Olympic team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, leading to his conviction.

 7 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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 8 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.

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 9 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.

 10 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.

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 11 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.

 12 Timo Werner

Timo Werner
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 6, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
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 13 Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Senegalese

Sadio Mané is one of the greatest Senegalese football players of all time. He is Senegal's fifth all-time top goal-scorer and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020. One of Liverpool's key players, Sadio serves as an inspiration to youngsters as he succeeded as a footballer in spite of his father forbidding him from playing as a child.

 14 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.

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 15 Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

Thomas Müller, who is a prominent member of the Germany national football team, is a versatile footballer; he can play at various positions, such as centre forward, left wing, and right wing. He played key roles in Germany's performance in the 2010 World Cup, Euro Cup 2012, 2014 World Cup, and 2018 World Cup.

 16 Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen
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Listed In: Chess Players
Famous As: World Chess Champion
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Norwegian

At 13, chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen became the youngest grandmaster. His rating of 2,872 was the highest ever in history. He also recorded the longest unbeaten run in chess. Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “sexiest men of 2013,”he  has also modeled for G-Star Raw, owns a chess-app company, and loves football.

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 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 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.  

 20 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.

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 21 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.

 22 Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel
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Listed In: F1 Drivers
Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: July 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

Widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records, including most podium finishes and most consecutive race wins. Sebastian has a unique habit of naming his cars as he feels it is important to share a close relationship with the cars that he drives.

 23 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).

 24 Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 25 Joe Louis

Joe Louis
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Listed In: Boxers
Famous As: Former Heavyweight Champion
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1981

 26 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.

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 27 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.

 28 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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 29 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.

 30 Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

American football quarterback for New England Patriots, Cam Newton shot to fame when he led Auburn Tigers to the 2010 BCS National Championship, won the Heisman Trophy and was selected by Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft. In the subsequent nine seasons with the Panthers, he emerged as star player and even bagged NFL’s top player spot in 2016.

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 31 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.

 32 Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean
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 33 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.

 34 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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 35 Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna
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Listed In: F1 Drivers
Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: March 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: May 1, 1994

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver. Widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Ayrton had won the prestigious F1 World Drivers' Championship thrice. Following his fatal accident in 1994, several safety improvements were introduced to the sports' set-up; higher crash safety standards, redesigned tracks, and improved crash barriers became part of the sport.

 36 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.

 37 Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Argentinian
Argentine footballer and Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero was the youngest footballer of the Argentine Primera División, at 15. From scoring two goals in the semi-final to help Argentina win the 2008 Olympic gold medal, to being the fourth-highest goal-scorer of Premier League, he has many feats to his credit.

 38 Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
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Listed In: F1 Drivers
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Belgian, Dutch

 39 Paige

Paige
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 40 Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 41 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Gabonese

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a footballer who plays as a forward and is the captain of the Gabon national team. He is known for his pace and finishing and is said to be one of the best strikers in the world. He plays for the English club team, Arsenal. He has played for other clubs as well like AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

 42 Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcântara
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Listed In: Football Players
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian, Spanish

 43 Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Former NBA power forward/center Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of high school. After a 12-year term with the Timberwolves, he joined the Boston Celtics. His accolades include the MVP, the Defensive Player of the Year award, and 15 All-Star games. He also starred in Uncut Gems.

 44 Paris Berelc

Paris Berelc
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Paris Berelc is an American model and actress who successfully transitioned from being a teen star to an actress. Three years after gracing the cover page of American Girl magazine, Berelc's parents decided to move to Los Angeles, which helped her establish a career in acting. Paris Berelc has not looked back since moving to Los Angeles. 

 45 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

 46 Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: July 31, 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 47 Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 27, 2007

 48 Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian basketball player Andrew Wiggins was initially drafted by the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year playing with the Timberwolves. He was also named Mr. Basketball USA and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2013.

 49 Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dominican, American

 50 Katelyn Ohashi

Katelyn Ohashi
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Listed In: Gymnasts, Bloggers
Famous As: Artistic Gymnast
Birthdate: April 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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