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post Oct 14 2019, 08:53 PM
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We made it! After months and months of digging through name after name from most of the world's countries, before sticking them together in an intercontinental battle, we've finally reached the results. Over the next (insert however long it takes to complete this) we'll give you the full countdown of the best sportspeople, as voted by you. A massive thank you to the nine of you who voted in the final, plus everyone else who has helped this contest along its way! Results will be starting soon, beginning with the 71-100 section so you've got plenty of time to predict your winner!
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post Oct 14 2019, 09:07 PM
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I'm guessing either Pele or Muhammad Ali has won this but there was no one near the top of each person's list so this will be fairly unpredictable.
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post Oct 14 2019, 09:26 PM
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71-100
(groups 9 and 10 had their points factored down due to an extra voter taking part in these two groups)

71. Ferenc Puskas - 28.875pts
72. Niki Lauda - 28pts
73. Carlos Alberto - 27pts
74. Cafu - 25pts (one 5)
75. Vitali Klitschko - 25pts (no 5s)
76. Evonne Goolagong Cawley - 24pts
77. Nadia Comaneci - 23pts (one 2)
78. Ezekiel Kemboi - 23pts (one 4)
79. Ian Thorpe - 23pts (one 5)
80. Rebecca Adlington - 23pts (no 5s)
81. Zico - 22.75pts
82. Marta - 22pts
83. Didier Drogba - 21pts (one 4)
84. Ronaldo - 21pts (no 4s)
85. Richard Hadlee - 20.125pts
86. Said Aouita - 20pts (one 4)
87. Boris Becker - 20pts (no 4s)
88. Genzebe Dibaba - 19.25pts
89. Cathy Freeman - 19pts (one 4, one 6)
90. Paul Tergat - 19pts (one 4, no 6s)
91. Stephen Hendry - 18pts
92. Scott Dixon - 17pts
93. Valerie Adams - 16pts
94. Vijay Singh - 15pts
95. Jacques Kallis - 14pts (one 5)
96. Nwankwo Kanu - 14pts (no 5s)
97. Ricky Ponting - 12pts (one 7, one 8)
98. Samuel Eto'o - 12pts (one 7, no 8s)
99. Jairzinho - 11.375pts
100. Gary Player - 8pts

So here we have the bottom end of the table i.e. those who failed to make it past the group stages. This section (particularly the bottom half) is filled with people from continents who perhaps should have been given a few less qualifying spaces, however then again it introduces a few more nationalities into the Top 100 that we would probably have gotten had the allocations been a little different. Golfer Gary Player is sadly the wooden spoon in this competition, failing to even reach double figures, and in fact it's not a good competition for South Africa as a whole as their only other qualifier reaches a measly 95th place. But at least they qualified!

Also towards the bottom of this list we have our only representatives from Nigeria, Fiji, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast. Stephen Hendry has the dubious honour of being the lowest-ranked European, four places behind Boris Becker, although Becker's score may be a little misrepresented as he finished last in the Group of Death. Towards the top we have some more Europeans just missing out, including Puskas who I thought would sail through to the Final. Also interesting to notice that no North Americans finished in the bottom 30.
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post Oct 15 2019, 06:06 PM
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Am I ok to vote in the final still? Only just got round to looking at my PMs...
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post Oct 15 2019, 06:43 PM
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I forgot to vote also - sorry Pete!

Will have a go at voting if you are still allowing, no problem if not...
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post Oct 15 2019, 08:52 PM
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Yeah that's fine guys, go ahead!
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post Oct 16 2019, 03:35 PM
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Quite surprised about Boris Becker only finishing 87th in this. I thought he would be much higher up.

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post Oct 16 2019, 05:58 PM
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Voted. There's no one here that looks like a glaring omission from above, though would have been nice to have Hendry representing Snooker a bit higher.
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post Oct 16 2019, 07:43 PM
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At least Hendry made the Top 100 for snooker with Ronnie O'Sullivan out in the playoffs.
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post Oct 16 2019, 08:10 PM
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51-70
(Scores calculated by adding the scores from the group stage to the number of votes in the Playoff. Ties were broken by number of playoff votes, then by highest rating given in the Group stage)

51. Paolo Maldini - 39.5pts
52. Muttiah Muralitharan - 35.25pts
53. Sebastian Coe - 35pts (2 votes)
54. Margaret Court - 35pts (1 vote)
55. Diego Maradona - 34pts
56. Ryan Giggs - 33pts (3 votes)
57. Emerson Fittipaldi - 33pts (1 vote)
58. Hicham El Guerrouj - 32.75pts
59. Juan Manuel Fangio - 32.625pts
60. Rod Laver - 32pts (3 votes)
61. Shane Warne - 32pts (2 votes)
62. Eliud Kipchoge - 32pts (0 votes)
63. Nelson Piquet - 31pts
64. Ben Ainslie - 30pts
65. Jack Brabham - 29pts (3 votes)
66. Billie Jean King - 29pts (2 votes)
67. Kapil Dev - 27pts (1 vote)
68. Mark Waugh 27pts (0 votes)
69. Andy Murray - 26pts (0 votes, one 4)
70. Roy Emerson - 26pts (0 votes, 0 4s)

And here we have the playoff losers, which are notable for being peppered with Australians (out of the 11 that qualified, only ONE managed to make the Final). Most of the Argentinian contingent crash out here also, as well as 100% of the Sri Lankan contingent which consisted solely of Muralitharan. Oh and 100% of the Welsh contingent as well. Only one North American out of all the qualifiers fails to make the Top 50, the unlucky individual being tennis player Billie Jean King. Would be interesting to see if Kipchoge had placed any higher after his super-quick marathon the other day.
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post Oct 19 2019, 07:21 PM
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Let's kick this off then!

46-50



46. David Rudisha - 98pts
47. Kenenisa Bekele - 88pts
48. Jonah Lomu - 80pts
49. Tirunesh Dibaba - 79pts
50. Garrincha - 71pts

Interestingly enough no-one got universally low scores, so every player ended up with a decent number after their name. Someone still had to take the wooden spoon though, and in this case it is late Brazilian footballer Garrincha, who was probably very lucky in the group and playoff he was placed in. Alongside him are three quarters of the African finalists, plus the only Oceanian finalist (and the only rugby player) Jonah Lomu. This group rounds up the sub-100 points scorers as well - everyone above these five is in triple figures.
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post Oct 20 2019, 11:06 AM
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Was expecting those five to be in the bottom five. But thought Bekele would be higher up.
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post Oct 22 2019, 07:54 PM
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Garrincha a surprise package in the final. I would have to say.
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post Oct 22 2019, 10:02 PM
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Apologies for the delay, I've been busy literally every night! Results will recommence tomorrow.
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post Oct 23 2019, 08:40 PM
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41-45



41. Ian Botham - 152pts
42. Thierry Henry - 136pts
43. Manny Pacquiao - 132pts
44. Zinedine Zidane - 120pts
45. Ronaldinho - 100pts

The points really start hiking up here, as we manage to cross both 100 and 150 points in just one group. Interestingly enough we have two French footballers in this reveal, both of who had to make it through the playoffs to get into the Top 100 and into the Top 50. I thought Ronaldinho might be a bit higher with him beating Maldini in the playoffs but alas no. Pacquiao gets the dubious honour of the lowest-placed person to finish in the Top 3 of a group, however 43rd isn't remotely bad considering he's the second highest boxer here. And at #41 we have Ian Botham, who's made it to the Final based on his ability to play cricket and not on... other things.
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post Oct 23 2019, 08:54 PM
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36-40



36. Alain Prost - 172pts
37. Pete Sampras - 171pts
38. Brian Lara - 166pts
39. Garfield Sobers - 164pts
40. Bobby Moore - 159pts

And after leaping up the points in that last group, the scoreboard once again becomes a lot tighter. At #40 we have Bobby Moore, captain of the team which won the World Cup which I've conveniently cropped from view on that picture. We then lose three of the North American contingent in a row, with the two West Indies cricketers finishing just two points apart, and Sampras being the lowest American finalist. F1 driver Alain Prost rounds off the group as the highest placed French sportsperson in this countdown.
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post Oct 23 2019, 10:28 PM
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Same result as Ultimate Footballer with how Moore, Henry, Zidane, Ronaldinho in that order but runner-up Maradona out in the final.

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post Oct 24 2019, 06:35 PM
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31-35



31. Eusebio - 188pts
32. Laura Kenny - 185pts
33. Frankie Dettori - 183pts
34. Franz Beckenbauer - 179pts
35. Jack Nicklaus - 178pts

Not going to lie, seeing Laura Kenny between Eusebio and Frankie Dettori feels a little surreal but I'll do anything for more cycling representation on here so yay. Footballer Beckenbauer and seasoned golfer Nicklaus are also in this tight-packed group!
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post Oct 28 2019, 03:13 PM
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Great to see Frankie Dettori as high as 33rd. Very pleased that a jockey managed to make the final of the World Cup of Sportspeople.

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post Oct 29 2019, 07:56 PM
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Yes Frankie is just great! Shame Bobby Moore is lower down, and Pete Sampras, than I thought they'd be.
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