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For me it's Ali without a shadow of a doubt.

A mate of mine wrote a poem about the great man for his birthday last year. Nice touch I thought:

THOSE HANDS OF CLAY

You sit in a chair consumed with shakes
Leaving with the realisation that you lost what it takes
A far cry from when you shot from the shoulder and hip
And earned the nickname The Louisville Lip
You fought for the rights of your race and people
Taking white injustice down from its pedestal and steeple
A hansome beautiful man in your prime
Through jokes theatre and mocking mime
Winning an Olympic Gold in Rome
Elated until you eventually reached home
Realising you could never win
Just because of the colour of your skin
Cassius Clay changed to Muhammad Ali
And with the Vietnam war you were not pally
They put the greatest into jail
Your boxing career awaiting bail
Losing the best three years of your career
They made you an example for the war effort to steer
Your name became known across every continent and sea
Floating like a butterfly stinging like a bee
Battles with Frazier and Norton were raw and tough
And there were times when both of you got more than enough
Taking twenty four minutes to put Foreman through the grill
And Don King's hair stands up still
But you went too often to the well
And time does'nt discriminate on whom it will buy and sell
But through illness trouble and strife
You still remain iconic larger than life
I can still see your frail hand with the Olympic flame
The fall from health was such a shame
The gear is in a trunk the pictures gather dust
Living your golden years as time decrees you must
Little children still call your name
But it does'nt feel somehow the same
As lost in the dust of time are they
swiftly their glory wanes
Champions will always have their little day
While the sport alone remains
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He kinda lost iconic status for me towards the end of his career. I like my icons to end on a high, not limp out with a whimper.
That is a good point. BUT it shouldn't overshadow the fact that he was arguably the greatest footballer of all time. Other players like Zidane (headbutt) and Cantona (kung-fu kick) also had controversial moments but are still both regarded as icons..
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(Original post by Liquid_Snake)
That is a good point. BUT it shouldn't overshadow the fact that he was arguably the greatest footballer of all time. Other players like Zidane (headbutt) and Cantona (kung-fu kick) also had controversial moments but are still both regarded as icons..
I wouldn't go that far. I think he was undoubtedly a great player, but I could never respect him the same way as I respect Moore or Beckenbauer, as I think they are great people to look up to, not just from a footballing perspective.
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^Each to their own.

Moore and Beckenbauer were definetely model professionals who carried themselves well on and off the pitch. I actually didn't get to see either of them play, same goes for Maradona, I was born in 1987. Much before my time.

Although being a United supporter one person who hasn't been mentioned that deserves iconic status is Ryan Giggs. A true professional. He is the most decorated footballer of our generation and he hardly even gets mentioned in the same breath as other sporting figures which is a shame..
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(Original post by Teofilo)
For me it's Ali without a shadow of a doubt.

A mate of mine wrote a poem about the great man for his birthday last year. Nice touch I thought:

THOSE HANDS OF CLAY

You sit in a chair consumed with shakes
Leaving with the realisation that you lost what it takes
A far cry from when you shot from the shoulder and hip
And earned the nickname The Louisville Lip
You fought for the rights of your race and people
Taking white injustice down from its pedestal and steeple
A hansome beautiful man in your prime
Through jokes theatre and mocking mime
Winning an Olympic Gold in Rome
Elated until you eventually reached home
Realising you could never win
Just because of the colour of your skin
Cassius Clay changed to Muhammad Ali
And with the Vietnam war you were not pally
They put the greatest into jail
Your boxing career awaiting bail
Losing the best three years of your career
They made you an example for the war effort to steer
Your name became known across every continent and sea
Floating like a butterfly stinging like a bee
Battles with Frazier and Norton were raw and tough
And there were times when both of you got more than enough
Taking twenty four minutes to put Foreman through the grill
And Don King's hair stands up still
But you went too often to the well
And time does'nt discriminate on whom it will buy and sell
But through illness trouble and strife
You still remain iconic larger than life
I can still see your frail hand with the Olympic flame
The fall from health was such a shame
The gear is in a trunk the pictures gather dust
Living your golden years as time decrees you must
Little children still call your name
But it does'nt feel somehow the same
As lost in the dust of time are they
swiftly their glory wanes
Champions will always have their little day
While the sport alone remains
That poem is wonderful.
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(Original post by Liquid_Snake)
^Each to their own.

Moore and Beckenbauer were definetely model professionals who carried themselves well on and off the pitch. I actually didn't get to see either of them play, same goes for Maradona, I was born in 1987. Much before my time.

Although being a United supporter one person who hasn't been mentioned that deserves iconic status is Ryan Giggs. A true professional. He is the most decorated footballer of our generation and he hardly even gets mentioned in the same breath as other sporting figures which is a shame..
I was born even later than you, but I try and watch them on the telly. I know it's not really the same, but it tries to make up for not being around in the first place!
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(Original post by Teofilo)
Taking twenty four minutes to put Foreman through the grill
That is a truly fantastic line! :yy:
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Lance Armstrong, by many, many miles.
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Personally, Nadia Comaneci, even though she was just before my time. She's iconic to me because she's perfection incarnate, she symbolises the epitome of achievement in sport, what all sportsmen and women aspire to. Plus she's stayed in gymnastics (typically a sport with a short career and something people often leave behind completely) and done fairly well out of it without falling victim to any of the many problems the sport can cause (EDs, injury, etc.)
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Tiger or Michael Jordan!!!
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Dong Fangzhou.
It's actually Dong Fanzhuo
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It's actually Dong Fanzhuo
I prefer "The next Gabriel Batistuta".
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(Original post by Liquid_Snake)

Although being a United supporter one person who hasn't been mentioned that deserves iconic status is Ryan Giggs. A true professional. He is the most decorated footballer of our generation and he hardly even gets mentioned in the same breath as other sporting figures which is a shame..
Being a United fan(shakes head) you could also take the likes of Neville, Scholes or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aswell as Giggs. All professionals i fully respect even though they are dirty dirty reds.
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As much as I hate to say it because I think the man is an absolute arseclown .... Hulk Hogan is arguably the biggest sporting icon ever. :P
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