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mohammed ali is the most famous of all time I guess!
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in England its probably David Beckham lol

thats a wide question. of WTA Tennis, i would have to say Anna K (for obvious reasons) and the W/S were the most famous tennis players in England
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oh you mean at the moment or of all time?
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Ian Thorpe (Swimming) here in AUSTRALIA
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oh you mean at the moment or of all time?
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Television means more athletes get more exposure, and the most famous athletes get the most exposure. Muhammed Ali is in a class by himslef, but Michael Jordan is probably the most famus athlete on the planet. A lot of the under-21 types don't know WHY Ali was famous, they just know they's heard the name. Certainly Jordan is the most famous, for purely ATHLETIC reasons.

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Of all-time it must be Mohammed Ali for sure! Michael Jordan is( was?) very popular too..

Female athletes. My guess that the Williams sisters must be moving very fast on that ladder.
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The most famous sporting figures are:

1. Michael Jordan
2. Tiger Woods
3. Anna Kournikova

In that order. Ali may be even more famous than these but he is in a class of his own...I totally agree with Volcana.

The Williams sisters, Sampras, Agassi, etc are miles behind these three in terms of sheer fame.

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Martina Navratilova is the most famous in Tennis all time, I guess


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The most famous sporting figures are:

1. Michael Jordan
2. Tiger Woods
3. Anna Kournikova

In that order. Ali may be even more famous than these but he is in a class of his own...I totally agree with Volcana.


The Williams sisters, Sampras, Agassi, etc are miles behind these three in terms of sheer fame.
You have got to be kidding. V/S are more famous that Anna K.
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i think the Americans need to understand and appreciated tht MJ isnt AS popular in other countries as he is in the USA. people will know hes a b-ball player but they wont know all his accomplishments, his many retirements etc.

whereas due to their Wimbledon domination, and her burst onto the scene with a semi at Wimbledon (and her looks) if u say the W/S or Anna Kournikova to someone walking down the street here, they could tell u MORE about them than Michael Jordan
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Leslie, just do a google search. Anna is much better known on the net than the Williams sisters. That may be an artifact of the net, but I bet that most kids who have never heard of any other player have heard of Anna.

It may not be deserved, but that's how it is.

Anna gets more google hits than Ali, too, but Ali's name is often mispelled. Besides, you'd expect a current sports person to get more hits than someone like Ali who is almost an historical figure by now. Ali's fame in the community, especially among older people who are not so inclined to use the net, is such that I still think he is more famous than Jordan, Woods or Kournikova.

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Before I started following tennis, the only tennis names I could think of were Navratilova, Graf and Boris Becker.

Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods aren't as famous here, basketball and golf are never shown on TV over here.

Football players are the most famous, IMHO. So Pele's definitely one of the most famous sports stars everywhere in the world, USA excepted And Maradona too.

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Leslie, just do a google search. Anna is much better known on the net than the Williams sisters. That may be an artifact of the net, but I bet that most kids who have never heard of any other player have heard of Anna.

It may not be deserved, but that's how it is.

Anna gets more google hits than Ali, too, but Ali's name is often mispelled. Besides, you'd expect a current sports person to get more hits than someone like Ali who is almost an historical figure by now. Ali's fame in the community, especially among older people who are not so inclined to use the net, is such that I still think he is more famous than Jordan, Woods or Kournikova.
I am involve with a class of 2nd & 3rd grade student of different ethnic backgrounds and each of those kids have heard about V/S and they have never heard about Ann K.
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