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Greatest sportsmen (all time)

A ranking of all professional sportsmen - both athletes (physical) and mind athletes.

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Gilles Villeneuve
1

Gilles Villeneuve

Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve (January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982), known as Gilles Villeneuve, was a Canadian racing driver.
10
10
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Terry Sawchuck
1

Terry Sawchuck

Terrance Gordon "Terry" Sawchuk (December 28, 1929 – May 31, 1970) was a Ukrainian-Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Tor...
10
10
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Bobby Fischer
3

Bobby Fischer

Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. In 1970, Fischer "dominated his contemporaries" by winning the 1970 Interzonal Tour...
9.8
9.8
as mind athlete
from 6 votes
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Garry Kasparov
4

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kimovich Kasparov (born 13 April 1963) is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former undisputed World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005 (228 months), Kasparov was having the high...
9.8
9.8
as mind athlete
from 11 votes
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Magnus Carlsen
5

Magnus Carlsen

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and blitz. His peak rating is 2882, the highest in history. A...
9.6
9.6
as mind athlete
from 8 votes
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Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson
6

Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson (born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic professional strongman competitor, actor and former professional basketball player.
9.5
9.5
as athlete
from 2 votes
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Roger Federer
7

Roger Federer

Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player.
9.3
9.3
as athlete
from 9 votes
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
8

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has writte...
9.3
9.3
as athlete
from 19 votes
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Mariusz Pudzianowski
9

Mariusz Pudzianowski

Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (born 7 February 1977), nicknamed Pudzian, is a Polish former strongman and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World's Strongest Man titles; more tha...
9.2
9.2
as athlete
from 17 votes
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Muhammad Ali
10

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer and the former undisputed heavyweight champion. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today...
9.2
9.2
as athlete
from 6 votes
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Lionel Messi
11

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the captain for the Argentina national team. By the age of 21, Messi had...
9.1
9.1
as athlete
from 21 votes
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Peter Svidler
12

Peter Svidler

Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler (Russian: Пётр Вениами́нович Сви́длер; born June 17, 1976, in Leningrad) is a Russian chess Grandmaster, author, and commentator...
9.1
9.1
as mind athlete
from 9 votes
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Rafael Nadal
13

Rafael Nadal

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player.
9
9
as athlete
from 3 votes
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Sidney Crosby
13

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Patrick Crosby, (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Crosby was drafted first overall by the Penguins out o...
9
9
as athlete
from 3 votes
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Joe Calzaghe
13

Joe Calzaghe

Joseph William "Joe" Calzaghe (born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional boxer. He held the WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA and The Ring magazine super middleweight titles, as well as The Ring light heavyweight title. Calzaghe is the...
9
9
as athlete
from 3 votes
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Bobby Orr
13

Bobby Orr

Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr, (born March 20, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 12 seasons, starting with 10 with the Boston Bruins followed by two with the C...
9
9
as athlete
from 3 votes
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Ayrton Senna
17

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He was among the most dominant and successful Formula On...
9
9
as athlete
from 2 votes
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Jean Béliveau
17

Jean Béliveau

Joseph Jean Arthur Béliveau, (August 31, 1931 – December 2, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played parts of 20 seasons with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971. His nickn...
9
9
as athlete
from 2 votes
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Novak Djokovic
17

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Novak Đoković, Новак Ђоковић, born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player.
9
9
as athlete
from 2 votes
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Patrick Kane
20

Patrick Kane

Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988), is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall pick in the 2...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Jamie Benn
20

Jamie Benn

Jamie Benn (born July 18, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently serves as captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Luc Robitaille
20

Luc Robitaille

Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille (born February 17, 1966) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, and currently serves as President of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL)...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Teemu Selänne
20

Teemu Selänne

Teemu Ilmari Selänne, nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970), is a Finnish former professional ice hockey winger. He began his professional career in 1989–90 with Jokerit of the SM-liiga and played 21 seasons in the Nat...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Marcel Dionne
20

Marcel Dionne

Marcel Elphège "Little Beaver" Dionne (born August 3, 1951) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Chris Chelios
20

Chris Chelios

Christos Kostas Chelios (born January 25, 1962), better known as Chris Chelios, is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman.
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Guy Lafleur
20

Guy Lafleur

Guy Damien "The Flower" / "Le Démon Blond" Lafleur, (born September 20, 1951) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who was the first player in the National Hockey League (NHL) to score 50 goals and 100 points in six...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Evgeni Malkin
20

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Vladimirovich "Geno" Malkin (born 31 July 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Ed Belfour
20

Ed Belfour

Edward John Belfour (born April 21, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender.
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Dave Andreychuk
20

Dave Andreychuk

David John Andreychuk (born September 29, 1963) is a Ukrainian-Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Colorado Aval...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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P. K. Subban
20

P. K. Subban

Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban (born May 13, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Usain Bolt
20

Usain Bolt

Usain St. Leo Bolt (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammat...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Alexander Ovechkin
20

Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin (born September 17, 1985) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, Ovechkin played...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Brett Hull
20

Brett Hull

Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a Canadian-American former National Hockey League (NHL) player and general manager, and currently an executive vice president of the St. Louis Blues.
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Maurice Richard
20

Maurice Richard

Joseph Henri Maurice "Rocket" Richard, (August 4, 1921 – May 27, 2000) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player in...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Pekka Rinne
20

Pekka Rinne

Pekka Rinne (born November 3, 1982) is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Ken Dryden
20

Ken Dryden

Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Dryden, (born August 8, 1947) is a Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author, and former NHL goaltender. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dryden was a Libe...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Pavel Bure
20

Pavel Bure

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (born March 31, 1971) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket", Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, F...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Andrei Markov
20

Andrei Markov

Andrei Viktorovich Markov (born December 20, 1978) is a Russian-Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing and serving as an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He h...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Sergei Fedorov
20

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Viktorovich Fyodorov (born December 13, 1969) is a Russian retired ice hockey player, currently the general manager of CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Fedorov played as centre in his career, also occasio...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Joe Sakic
20

Joe Sakic

Joseph Steven Sakic (born July 7, 1969) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and current hockey executive. He played his entire 21-year National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanc...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Mike Modano
20

Mike Modano

Michael Thomas Modano, Jr. (/mɵˈdɑːnoʊ/; born June 7, 1970) is a retired American professional ice hockey player, who played primarily for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Ron Hextall
20

Ron Hextall

Ronald Jeffrey Hextall (born May 3, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Islanders. He served...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Pavel Datsyuk
20

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk (Russian: Па́вел Вале́рьевич Дацю́к, born July 20, 1978) also known as "The Magic Man" is a Russian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey Le...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Mark Messier
20

Mark Messier

Mark Douglas Messier ( born January 18, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre of the National Hockey League and former special assistant to the president and general manager of the New York Rangers. He played a...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Max Pacioretty
20

Max Pacioretty

Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty (born November 20, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey left winger and captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pacioretty was drafted in the first round, 22nd...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Nikolai Khabibulin
20

Nikolai Khabibulin

Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (born January 13, 1973) is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Known by the nickname "The Bulin Wall", he spent the majority of his playing career in the National Hockey League (NHL) w...
9
9
as athlete
from 1 vote
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Michael Jordan
47

Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. He played 15 seasons i...
8.8
8.8
as athlete
from 18 votes
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Jon Jones
48

Jon Jones

Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones (born July 19, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. In March 2011, at the age of 23, he became the youngest champion in UFC history.
8.8
8.8
as athlete
from 4 votes
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Lennox Lewis
49

Lennox Lewis

Lennox Claudius Lewis (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer and the former undisputed world heavyweight champion. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. By way of rematch, he has beaten every opponent he...
8.7
8.7
as athlete
from 3 votes
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Ron Francis
49

Ron Francis

Ronald Michael Francis, Jr. (born March 1, 1963) is a Canadian former professionalice hockey centre and the current general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
8.7
8.7
as athlete
from 3 votes
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