Top 10 World Sports Athletes of 2008

Submitted by: herouk87 9 years ago in Sports
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-GREATEST08.html

Read the intro to this list: It"ll explain why the #1 guy is #1. Good to see #4 in there though.
There are 37 comments:
Male 2
Soccer is the most watched/played/popular sport in the world, and David Beckham is the most recognized soccer player, therefore he must surely be the biggest name in sport!
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Male 2
No American sports should be in this list as they are not world sports and are not known by the majority of the world population.
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Female 89
No girls. Seriously? How about Shawn Johnson? I mean, she is only the reigning world champion for Women`s Gymnastics...
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Male 3,842
Haven`t posted for a long time, but can`t keep my mouth shut on this one:

Alex Ovechkin was NHL MVP, not Sidney Crosby, and thus Ovechkin is the NHL`s greatest athlete.

Cristiano Ronaldo was Footballer of the Year, not Ronaldinho, and thus Cristiano Ronaldo is the best athlete in soccer. In fact, Kaka might have something to say about Ronaldinho even being the best Brazilian soccer player this year.

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Male 3,819
Paelos, it`s kinda hard to score points when you`re hurt for most of the year. That doesn`t take anything away from how good he is.
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Male 43
what the drat? ronaldinho over cristiano ronaldo those guys are dumbasses
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Male 3
Not having Tiger Woods on there seems to be a bit of an oversight, being that he is the most dominant player in his game in the world.

Also, Crosby makes no sense at all. He was 28th in points last year. He had a terrible individual season despite the team going to the Cup Finals. This is a 2008 list, and it should take that into account.

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Male 7,933
"and do you have any of those qualities? i dont think so."

neither do those 2

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Male 11,739
"lol. why have they got a baseball player and an american football player in the list? surely you can`t be classed as a top world athlete if your game is only played in one country!"

First, like fancylad said....they`re not just played in the US. American Football is played in Europe and Canada. Baseball is played in Japan, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, and more.

Second, I admit I was surprised that there were so many American athletes on the list. I thought it would be more even or maybe just one or two Americans on it.

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Male 3,819
A. Tell that to Sidney Crosby`s face Petey.

I got the over/under on how many teeth he`s picking up at 6. Any takers?


B. This should be called the Top 10 FAMOUS World Sports Athletes of 2008. If you wanna get into raw athleticism I think Antonio Cromartie deserves a spot on this list.

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Female 15,763
No, CheeseCar, it just proves that you didn`t read the intro.
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Female 532
Well, I know f*ck all about sports and athletics in general, and I`ve only heard of/seen Federer and Ronaldo...so my opinion is void.
The Roman bloke seems good, but he`s 33 and probably only going to go downhill from now.
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Male 803
Hmm, no girls. I guess this proves once and for all that men are better athletes.
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Male 8
Lebron James should NOT be #2. And A-Rod should be higher on the list...
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Male 22
^^
and do you have any of those qualities? i dont think so.
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Male 7,933
^^^^
For best athlete in the world, just being able to run and jump isn`t enough. Its power, speed, agility, creativeness, etc.

And once The decathalon guy becomes dominate in his sport, he should be at 1

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Male 1
wow, primtimekin, stop being so naive. you should only insult the sports that youve played. you trying sprinting 400 meters in less than 44 secs then tell me its just sprinting. you try sprinting through hurdles and see if you can clear them without clipping your pubescent nuts or looking like an awkward duck. why dont you do a decathalon and tell us that its overrated. stop being a sophomoric prick.
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Male 7,933
And Christiano Ronaldo can suck my balls, he dives too much.
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Male 7,933
I hate this list. I hate this list... I hate it I hate it I hate it.

10. A-rod isnt even the best athlete in terms of Baseball. The Soriano`s of baseball are more athletic. He is the best player, but not most athletic
9. Im fine with it, maybe I had him a bit lower.
8.Sprinters can only sprint, should never make list
7.Hurdlers can only hurdle
6. Crosby deserved his spot
5.Federer cant even beat Nadal.
4. LT, deserved that if not higher
3.He is my vote for 1, one of the fastest boxers i`ve seen.
2. I thought it was too high but as an athlete it would make sense.

1. The only reason he made the list is because of tradition to name the decathalon winner the best athlete in the world.
It should be noted he doesnt dominate his sport, he will get beaten

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Male 425
This list sucks ass. Roger Federer? Ronaldinho? Alex Rodriguez? LeBron James?

Surely there are better choices.

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Male 348
Well Lebron James IS amazing, Kobe Bryant has achieved more, but still a pretty good list.
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Male 395
Yay! Abuse from Fancylad! I`m in the circle now! Point taken.
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Male 1
Agreed Nadal and CR should be there
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Male 55
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Female 75
Not taking anything away from the "Athletes" on this list, but something sure looks strange.
Get rid of Fed put in Nadal
Also looks like they got the wrong Ronaldo...

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Male 325
why is ronaldiniho on there? he didnt play half the season as he was overweight.
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Male 405
fancyclad, thanks for saying what i was thinking, cause i sure never heard of the european football league, or of baseball being played in other countries, Nine XX know what your talking about before you speak next time

and about the list i`m happy to see crosby on there, i reside in pittsburgh and love the penguins and the steelers.

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Male 436
oh and The Nine XXX it doesn`t matter if your sport is played across the world or in just one town, a great athlete is a great athlete.

You wouldn`t say a tiger isn`t one of the great hunters of the world because it`s confined to Asia, would you?

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Male 436
I`d say that they`d take that into consideration. Versatility, skill, power, size, stamina and just plain toughness is all taken into consideration and I guess that there wasn`t any stand out rugby or mixed martial artists that topped these guys.
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Male 483
I`d say MMA is pretty demanding

as is rugby

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Male 1,220
jhe394, you obviously have never tried romanian dragon seducing.

now THAT is physically demanding, those dragons dont just take every peasant that comes strolling on down their way

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Male 20,829
TheNineXXX

Male, 18-29, Europe
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Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:52:37 AM

lol. why have they got a baseball player and an american football player in the list? surely you can`t be classed as a top world athlete if your game is only played in one country!

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Baseball and American football are only played in one country? Wow, didn`t know that.

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Male 35
i dont see why a lacrosse player isnt on there it is definitely one of the most physically demanding sports
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Male 395
lol. why have they got a baseball player and an american football player in the list? surely you can`t be classed as a top world athlete if your game is only played in one country!
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Male 357
sidney crosby is a puss
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Male 483
didn`t think ronaldinho would be on there


that number one guy is CRAZY though!

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Male 189
Link: Top 10 World Sports Athletes of 2008 [Rate Link] - Read the intro to this list: It`ll explain why the #1 guy is #1. Good to see #4 in there though.
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