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7 Wonders of the World (Athletes)

There are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient and Modern World, why not in the Sporting World? We have created such lists as the 7 Wonders of the Sporting World (Venues), and 7 Wonders of the Sporting World (Events), and now it is time to present the 7 Wonders of the World (Athletes). See also the female version of this list.

We are not the first to create a list of the greatest athletes in the world, but here we have to compress it down to just seven of the greatest, of all time. What constitutes a sporting wonder? It is not just skill and sporting results. A wonder must dominate in their chosen sport, be a good sports person, good role model for the sport, and have worldwide appeal so that their profile is known outside of their sporting circles.

Our 7 Wonders

Roger Federer, one of the all time Tennis greatsRoger Federer, one of the all time Tennis greats

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most. The best of the best have made it to our 7 Sporting Wonders Lists.

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