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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    How bout Randy the "DANDY" Moss? :shock:

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    "mnwildfan79" wrote:
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    The thing about soccer players is their fans tend to be very loyal to players from their country or perhaps a foreign player that is on a club team in their country, so I think that hurts any one player from a large worldwide following.

    My guess would be Yao, but I'm not sure how popular he is in China.
    Yao is like Jordan to the Chinese.
    then it's Yao.

    no question.
    I think that makes him China's most popular athlete, not the world's. They've got the most people, but I don't know if that gauges world-wide popularity.

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    That's easy, its this guy: World's Most Popular Athlete

    You cannot argue this one!

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

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    Beckham....without a doubt !
    You hit the mark.
    Soccer is the most popular sport. In Africa the EPL is shown everywhere and Beckham was on every TV screen when he played in England. In the French speaking countries Canal+ is aired at very low cost and they are renowned for showing all major European Leagues so thats more exposure for Mr Beckham. In Asia he is a market icon and he was the main attraction in the last WC so as in the States where the only soccer player those who are not in touch with soccer (women for the most part) seem to know is Beckham (strangely enough not for his soccer talent but his looks). Need we talk about Europe?
    You may ask about the guys 'down under'. They are all in for Beckham as their history is closely tied with than of the English.
    That to me is the only athlete that clearly cuts acrosss every continent with a great deal of popularity and following.
    Then add the wife in the equation and his popularity grows even more
    The most popular athlete indeed is David Beckham

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    "mblack76" wrote:
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    Beckham....without a doubt !
    You hit the mark.
    Soccer is the most popular sport. In Africa the EPL is shown everywhere and Beckham was on every TV screen when he played in England. In the French speaking countries Canal+ is aired at very low cost and they are renowned for showing all major European Leagues so thats more exposure for Mr Beckham. In Asia he is a market icon and he was the main attraction in the last WC so as in the States where the only soccer player those who are not in touch with soccer (women for the most part) seem to know is Beckham (strangely enough not for his soccer talent but his looks). Need we talk about Europe?
    You may ask about the guys 'down under'. They are all in for Beckham as their history is closely tied with than of the English.
    That to me is the only athlete that clearly cuts acrosss every continent with a great deal of popularity and following.
    Then add the wife in the equation and his popularity grows even more
    The most popular athlete indeed is David Beckham
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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    Yao Mingggg

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    It is without a doubt, Pele!
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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    It has be some soccer player, that's is probably one of the most popular sports outside of the US.

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    i know he's not a player any more but EVERYONE knows Michael Jordan..

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    Re: Who is the World's Most Popular Athlete?

    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    It is without a doubt, Pele!
    we are only talking about Current athletes

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