Athlete can be simply explained as a person who contests in any kind of sport and is good at it. Athletes who undergo extensive training to acquire well developed physique are professional athletes rather than amateur. The word is actually derived from Greek meaning-one who participate in contests. An athlete need not be a participant only in individual event, but also team sport like football, basketball etc. would be well recognized. We have enlisted the male athletes who carved their names in the minds of millions by their extreme sports skills here.
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The rundown of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Athletes in the world
10. SACHIN TENDULKAR
This list wouldn’t be complete without the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. He was born in Bombay in 1973 for a Maharashtra family. During his early age his skills were recognized and through opportunity he paced up in cricket world. He was one of the youngest cricket players of the country. His fame rocketed when he scored a double century in 1996 world cup. He is the only cricketer to have scored hundred centuries in International cricket and is the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs till date. He was honored with Arjun award, Padmavibhushan, Bharat Ratna etc for his tremendous sportsmanship. He holds numerous records in the cricket history which are unbreakable at least for a decade or two.
9. RORY MCILROY
Number 9 on this list is Ireland’s golfer Rory Meilory. He was born back in 1989 in Northern Ireland. His father who was also a fine golfer introduced him to golf at a very young age. He worked hard in the early days and had a successful amateur career topping the world amateur golf ranking when he was 17. He turned professional in 2007 and made 22 wins till date. He was ranked no.1 in the official world golf ranking for 95 weeks. He was also a four time major champion in master’s tournament and also won in US open 2011. Currently he is on PGA tour and European tour.
8. NOVAK DJOKOVIC
Siberian tennis player Novak Djokovic is on the 8th position. He was born in May 1987. He is considered as a greatest tennis player as he holds the best match winning rate of 83%. He was trained by professional tennis player Boris Becker who won Gran Lam championship 6 times. Racing upon his coach Novak has won 12 Grand slams singles title. He also has won 6 Australian open titles 3 Wimbledon titles and 2 US open titles and further more. He also won a bronze medal in Olympics 2008. Currently he is ranked no.1 in men’s singles tennis by association of tennis professionals.
7. BLAKE GRIFFIN
Number 7 on the list is Blake Griffin an American basketball player. He was born in Oklahoma in 1989. His father was the head coach during his high school. He played 2 seasons of college ball before entering NBA draft. He started his professional life from 2009 and is still on the run. He mostly plays power forward as his height serves thee advantage. He is awarded NBA all star consecutively for 5 years since 2011. Also he was honored as NBA rookie of the year in 2011. Adding to it he has also gained NBS slam drunk championship in 2011.
6. ROGER FEDERER
Roger Federer is a Sweden tennis player and on the 6th position on the list. He was born in 1981 August. He turned a professional in 1998 and since 2002 he has always made a place among top 10 tennis players by ATP. He is a right handed player with several carer titles. He has a winning rate of 81.51% He was holding the world No.1 position for 302 weeks including 237 consecutive weeks. He has won 17 Grand Slams singles title also won 6 tour finals. Adding to the glory he also won a silver in singles at 2012 summer Olympics also a gold in doubles with Stan Walorinka at summer Olympics 2008.
5. KOBE BRYANT
Mid-way through this list is American basketball player Kobe Bryant. He was born on August 23,1978 in Philadelphia. Being the son of former NBA player he enjoyed a successful high school career. As soon as graduation he declared for NBA draft. He started his professional career in 1996 and continued the same for 20 years. H played with Los Angeles Lacker’s of NBA as shooting guard in his entire career. As a team he has won gold medal twice in the Olympics of 2008 and 2012. Also a gold medal in FIBA Americas championship in 2007 held in Las Vegas. Currently he is retired from his profession. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular Male Athletes in The World 2017.
4. DAVID BECKHAM
Number 4 on the list is an English football player David Beckham. He was born on may 2 1975 in London. His professional career began in 1992 with Manchester United. He was known for his crossing ability and bending free kicks and also was twice runner up for FIFA world player of the year. He won league titles in four countries-England Spain,USA and France and was the first English soccer to achieve the above. He played as a mid-fielder for 7 teams. Currently, he is a very successful businessman and an entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the sexiest and most handsome sportsperson ever.
3. USAIN BOLT
“The fastest Man on Earth” Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter stands at the 3rd position on this list. He was born on 21 August 1986. He is the first athlete to hold World Record in 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay. He turned professional in 2004. He won 2 gold medals in world championship and 9 gold medals in Olympic Games. He won gold in 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay for 3 consecutive Olympics and finished his Olympic career with pride. Due to his extraordinary achievements he is considered as the greatest sprinter of all times.
2. LIONEL MESSI
The top 2nd most popular sports person is Lionel Messi who is a very popular professional football player. He was born on 24 June 1987. He started his career in 2004 despite of his health issues. He played as foreword for Spanish club and Argentina national team. He was the first player to win 3 European golden shoes. Also the only football player to win 5 FIFA balloons d’Or. He has been the part of the team, which won the Gold medal in Olympic Games 2008. Also thrice runner up for Copa America. Adding to the achievement in 2005 their team was the winner of FIFA world cup.
1. CRISTIANO RONALDO
The most famous athlete around the globe is Portugal soccer Cristiano Ronaldo. He was born on February 5th 1985. He began his career for playing in 2003 with Manchester United. Then he also played for Real Madrid and Portugal national team as forward. He also serves as a captain for Portugal team and is a part of Real Madrid FC. He has won FIFA world player awards and FIFA balloon d’Or twice. He and his team won the gold medal for European championship 2016. He is one of the hottest athletes ever and endorses numerous brands from around the world.
This was the list of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Athletes in the World 2017. They have been the icons of their game and will be remembered for their incredible achievements in their fields. These popular athletes will remain as role models to the generations to come.