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    50 greatest sportsmen of all time

    http://www.lonelythinker.com/rankings553.html

    1. Pele - Soccer
    2. Jim Thorpe - Football, Track and Field
    3. Muhammad Ali - Boxing
    4. Jessie Owens - Track and Field
    5. Michael Jordan - Basketball
    6. Carl Lewis - Track and Field
    7. Jack Nicklaus - Golf
    8. Wayne Gretzky - Ice Hockey
    9. Jean-Claude Killy - Skiing
    10. Garfield Sobers - Cricket
    11. Garrincha - Soccer
    12. Hank Aaron - Baseball
    13. Miguel Indurain - Cycling
    14. Aryton Senna - Motor Racing
    15. Johan Cruyff - Soccer
    16. Pete Sampras - Tennis
    17. Diego Maradona - Soccer
    18. Paavo Nurmi - Track and Field
    19. Rod Laver - Tennis
    20. Jahanghir Khan - Squash
    21. Tiger Woods - Golf
    22. Wilt Chamberlain - Basketball
    23. Babe Ruth - Baseball
    24. Jim Brown - Football
    25. Lasse Viren - Track and Field
    26. Mark Spitz - Swimming
    27. Willie Mays - Baseball
    28. Bobby Orr - Ice Hockey
    29. Sugar Ray Leonard - Boxing
    30. Stanley Matthews - Soccer
    31. Donald Bradman - Cricket
    32. Eddie Merckx - Cycling
    33. Sergei Bubka - Pole Vaulting
    34. Johnny Weismuller - Swimming
    35. Bjorn Borg - Tennis
    36. Viktor Barna - Table Tennis
    37. Greg Louganis - Diving
    38. Jerry Rice - Football
    39. Bernard Hinault - Cycling
    40. Henry Armstrong - Boxing
    41. Geoff Hunt - Squash
    42. Ferenc Puskas - Soccer
    43. Joe Montana - Football
    44. Juan Manuel Fangio - Motor Racing
    45. Ty Cobb - Baseball
    46. Willie Shoemaker - Horse Racing
    47. Gareth Edwards - Rugby
    48. Imran Khan - Cricket
    49. Dale Earnhardt - NASCAR
    50. Matt Biondi - Swimming


    An old list but still worth checking.

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    Some notable omissions I feel
    Lance Armstrong
    Ian Thorpe
    Lou Gehrig
    Jessie Owens
    Grant Hackett
    John Eales
    Schumaker
    Arnold Palmer
    just to name a few off the top of my head
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBMAC View Post
    Some notable omissions I feel
    Lance Armstrong
    Ian Thorpe
    Lou Gehrig
    Jessie Owens
    Grant Hackett
    John Eales
    Schumaker
    Arnold Palmer
    just to name a few off the top of my head
    Jessie Owens is in there mate. #4

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    Dodgy list IMO. There have been 30 sportsmen greater than Bradman? Hmm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey View Post
    Dodgy list IMO. There have been 30 sportsmen greater than Bradman? Hmm.
    **** Bradman, where's Chris Greenacre?

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    Earnhardt should be higher imo and also where are the American Football players???
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBMAC View Post
    Some notable omissions I feel
    Lance Armstrong
    Ian Thorpe
    Lou Gehrig
    Jessie Owens
    Grant Hackett
    John Eales
    Schumaker
    Arnold Palmer
    just to name a few off the top of my head
    Think the list might have been made before Armstrong's fifth TdF, it's dated 2002.

    Very dodgy list on outside the US stuff though. Virén on the list but not Zátopek, Jonathan Edwards or Al Oerter? Indurain ahead of Merckx (Indurain only won time trials, which helped him win overall)? Not too familiar with the squash but surely snooker or Aussie rules carries at least equal prestige? And where are the footballers post-1975 (Maradona aside?) - Platini, Romario, even Zidane ought to have been on in 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinchy81 View Post
    Earnhardt should be higher imo and also where are the American Football players???
    #2, #24, #38, #43...

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    Mr PG Brock. One of the finest.

    Dunno about him making an all-time top 50 list, but he sure as hell should be up there in the next 50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUST_HiTMaN View Post
    Mr PG Brock. One of the finest.

    Dunno about him making an all-time top 50 list, but he sure as hell should be up there in the next 50.
    Come on mate ..even a parochial Aussie like me Brocky was the best in OZ but in a top 50 of all time ..I don't think so.

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