When an 18-year-old Brazilian kid from Fluminense FC was signed by Real Madrid a decade ago, no one seriously expected Marcelo to one day surpass the achievements of the fullback he'd been hired to replace, compatriot and club legend Roberto Carlos. Yet with tireless verve and excellence down that left flank, always accompanied by a big smile underneath big hair, this now-inspiring figure for Madridistas might have done just that. Understated he might be in Real's flashy world, but he has played a major role in three La Liga and two Champions League wins.
The list, which excludes college athletes because of their amateur status, is a measure of fame—or infamy—as opposed to achievement in the past year. Tiger Woods placed 10th, 48 spaces ahead of reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia. Mixed-martial artist Ronda Rousey, who was knocked out in the first round of her only bout in the past year, is the top-rated female—three places ahead of Serena Williams—at No. 16. (Rousey moved up seven spots from last year’s ranking.) Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs failed to make not only the top 100 but is nowhere to be seen on the total list of 377 names considered ( only published the top 100), a fact that must please his hype-averse coach, Gregg Popovich.
Karch Kiraly, the most recognizable name in volleyball, is arguably the greatest volleyball player of all time. This volleyball legend is a three time gold medalist,
Logan Tom is one of the most famous volleyball players in the world. Logan Tom had an outstanding career at Stanford University and continues to play
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Kerri Walsh is one of the most famous womens beach volleyball players in the world. The most intimidating blockers and dominating hitters...
Flo Hyman is one of the greatest volleyball players in USA history. Voted one of top 6 players at the 1981 Worldcup and #69 on greatest century woman athletes.
Mike Whitmarsh, at 6-foot-7 led USD to the NCAA tournament in 1984 before making his mark and his living as a beach volleyball player. In 15 years...
Randy Stoklos is best known for perfecting the Kong Block. The kong block is a technique for blocking the ball using only one arm. Randy Stoklos is legend of beach volleyball and is one of the most successful...
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos were named the greatest team in beach volleyball history by the FIVB. Sinjin has won the king of the beach title twice while...