Michael Jordan to Jerry Rice: Has Messi Become the Greatest Athlete of All Time?

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Michael Jordan to Jerry Rice: Has Messi Become the Greatest Athlete of All Time?
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Lionel Messi, Barcelona

Forget Lin-Sanity. Forget Tebow-Mania.

Messi is more than a fad, more than just another household name.

He is a revelation of sport, a revolution of athleticism, the strength of character personified in one unique soul.

Leo plays on a field of his own, where he is only limited by the capacity of his own dreams.  Records shatter at his feet, but you wouldn't know it from hearing him speak.

Messi: An icon of Humility.

The world, often entranced into hopeless awe when watching the wizard at work, has forgotten that Messi's best years have yet to be played out.

Is the best athlete in the history of sport a five-foot-seven 24 year-old Argentinian with growth hormone deficiency?

We will look at the world of sport's best athletes and then rank them based on their personal achievements.

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