50 Sporty Facts About World’s Top Athletes

11Pelé

During the Nigerian Civil War, the two sides agreed to a 48-hour cease-fire because Pelé was in town to play an exhibition game, and everyone wanted to be free to watch it without having to worry about the war.


12Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title, had his passport revoked and faced a five-year prison term for refusing to serve in the U.S. Armed Services at the height of the Vietnam War. “I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong,” he said. “They never called me n****r.”


13Floyd Mayweather

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised the same amount of money that Floyd Mayweather made from fighting Manny Pacquiao.


14Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova’s on-court grunt has been recorded at a volume of 101 decibels. That’s louder than a motorcycle, a lawnmower, and a small aircraft. In fact, it’s only 5 decibels less than a lion’s roar.


15Mike Tyson

The morning after Muhammad Ali lost in a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14-year-old Mike Tyson promised him that when he “got big” he would take down Larry Holmes for him. 6 years later, Tyson fought against Larry Holmes and won.


16Rafael Nadal

Legendary tennis player, Rafael Nadal, plays tennis left-handed despite being right-handed. This is because of the multitude of advantages from being left-handed in tennis.


17Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is an Honorary U.S. Marshall, a reserve officer, and a Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia.


18Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ affairs led to an estimated shareholder loss of $5-12 billion due to dropped sponsorship deals.


19Tom Brady

Junípero Serra High School JV football team recorded a historically bad season in which they failed to win a game or even score a touchdown yet they never attempted to start their backup quarterback. That backup quarterback they refused to start is four-times Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady.


20Lebron James

Lebron James was so hated back in 2012 that even a captured Al-Qaeda member wrote letters expressing his disgust at his decision to go to the Miami Heat. He told his lawyer that “LeBron James is a very bad man and should apologize to the city of Cleveland.”

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