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2022 Jun 02

Play a few games and get fame and fortune in return; who wouldnt 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 lifes story, timeline, trivia and interesting facts, you just have to breeze though the list of biographies mentioned below.

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A renowned former wrestler with numerous titles under his belt, Dwayne Johnson initially wanted to be a football player but an injury turned him towards wrestling. He soon entered the world of acting, experienced phenomenal success in television and films and became the highest earning male actor in the world.

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 worlds highest paidathletes.

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.

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.

(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)

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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 filmsThe Marine,TrainwreckandSistersand rap albumYou Cant See Me.

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.

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 filmEnter the Dragon.

Counted amongst worlds best batsmen, Virat Kohli isthe formercaptain of Indian national cricket team. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket rose to great heights and he isthe most successful IndianTest captain till date. He shot to fame when he led Indias Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Virat Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

A record six-timeSuper Bowlchampion, Tom Brady is regarded by many as thegreatest quarterback ever. At the age of 41, he became the oldest quarterback to win aSuper Bowlin NFL history. Thanks to his good looks, he has also appeared in some television programs and commercial campaigns.

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 worlds most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.

Shaquille ONeal is an American former basketball player who currently works as a sports analyst. Considered one of the greatest basketballers ever, ONeal was also one of the heaviest and tallest players of all time. One of the most important players in the history ofLA Lakers, ONeal helped the team win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

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 theWrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

A former professional boxer who reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion for three years, Mike Tyson is considered a colossal figure in boxing. Claiming his first heavyweight title at the young age of 20, he went on to become one of the best heavyweights of all time. Also a controversial person, he was once imprisoned on rape charges.

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 mens pound-for-pound rankings. He practices Islam and is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.

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 Swedens all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

Widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer has won the most number of mens Grand Slam singles titles. He is the only person to be honored with theBBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Yearaward on four occasions. Despite enduring several injuries, Federer continues to dominate the tennis court.

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous withFormula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured withMBEby theQueen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successfulFormula OneGrand PrixRacing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has6 World Championship titlesand90 race victoriesto his name.

Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ever and is called the king of clay. The Spanish national has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and holds the record of winning 13 French Open Championships. He also has one Australian Open, two Wimbledon and four US Open titles tohis name.

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.

David Beckham is a former English footballer who wasfootball 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.

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nicknameLightning Bolt. He holds the world record for100 metres, 200 metres and 4 100 metres relay and is theonly sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

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 mens national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

The highest paid fighter of Ultimate Fighting Championship, Conor McGregor is one of the most famous athletes in the world. His ascent from humble beginnings to becoming TheNotorioushas been fuelled by McGregors mastery of martial arts, skilful fighting style and powerful punches. He is the first fighter to hold both UFC Featherweight Championship and UFC Lightweight Championship simultaneously.

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

Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic is currently third in the list ofnumber of Grand Slam singles titles won by male players. He is known for his powerful two-handed backhand and his service returns.Djokovic is also the only player to complete the career Golden Masters and he has achieved this feat twice.

One of the most remunerative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has hada 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 likeWWEandDancing with the Stars.

(First American Female to Earn an Olympic Medal in Judo)

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A professional WWE wrestler, Ronda Rousey was the first UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion and also the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Earlier, she became the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Amongst the greatest female MMA fighter, Ronda has also appeared in films likeThe Expendables 3andFurious 7.

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with theIndianapolis Coltsand four with theDenver Broncos, winning aSuper Bowlwith each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as The Sheriff, the talented player hasNFLrecords for passing yards and touchdowns.

The most decorated and successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer who has won a total of28 Olympic medals.He is widely considered one of the greatest athletes ever and thegreatest swimmer of all time. He has several world records and Olympic records under his belt.

Former Indian international cricketer M. S. Dhoni captained the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016. He played as a right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. With more than 10,000 runs scored, he is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

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 sports history.

Often referred to as theGod of Cricketin India, Sachin Tendulkar is a retired cricketer. Also known for his humility on and off the field, Sachin is one of the most revered, celebrated, and decorated cricketers. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar played a key role in turning India into a cricket-frenzy nation.

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

Magic Johnson, the now retired Americanbasketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBAs Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson andhe earned his nicknameMagicduring his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Andr 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, Andr the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

Simone Biles is an artistic gymnast. Having won a combined total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals, Biles is the worlds third-most decorated gymnast and the most decorated in America. Regarded asthe greatest gymnast of all timeby some, Simone Biles continues to inspireseveral aspiring gymnasts around the world, especially gymnasts from the black community.

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 manyNational Football League(NFL) records as a tight end.

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazils 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, wasknown for histechnicalskills and creativity.

Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was named theFootball Player of the Centuryby theIFFHS. He called football The Beautiful Game and was one of the worlds highest-paid athlete for a while. His 1281 goals in 1363 games is aGuinness World Record.

(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)

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A multi-faceted personality, Brock Lesnar has had successful careers in the field of wrestling, mixed martial arts, and football. Best known for his wrestling career, Brock is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever. Brock, who has had an equally successful MMA career, is the only person in history to hold aWWE world championshipandUFC championship.

A four-timeAll-Starand six-timeAll-Defensive Team member, Kawhi Leonard has helped two teams win NBA championships while earning theFinals Most Valuable Playeraward on both THE occasions. In 2015 and 2016, he was namedDefensive Player of the Year. Nicknamed theClawfor his amazing ball-hawking skills, Leonard is known for his quiet demeanor off-court.

Often considered the best wrestler in North America, Triple H played an important role in the World Wrestling FederationsAttitude Eraas part of the influentialD-Generation Xstable. From being a professional wrestler, he went on to become a part of WWEs management team after marrying CEO Vince McMahons daughter Stephanie. Triple H is aWWE Hall of Famer.

(First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball)

The first African-American to play in MLB in the modern era, Jackie Robinson helped herald the

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

(One of the Best Players in NBA History)

Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary NBA champion and its all-time leading scorer. Known for his trademark skyhook shot, he achieved remarkable feats during his career. Later, he pursued a successful writing and acting career and was even selected U.S. global cultural ambassador. The NBA star is also the proud recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Regarded as one of the greatest womens tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to womens 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 thefight for equal prize money.

Tiger Woods is considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He had a great run throughout the first decade of the 21st century. Later he had to deal with infidelity issues, marital problems and divorce and injuries, but was able to make a comeback. He holds numerous golf records and has won many World Golf Championship.

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 Ronaldos 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.

A black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo, Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, screenwriter and a popular action film star. He has won many martial arts championships. He later founded his own discipline, Chun Kuk Do. He has also written books on martial arts, philosophy, politics, Christianity, plus Western novels and biography.

Former American professional wrestlerHulk Hoganhad a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He hasalso 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.

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