2011's 10 Most Popular Athletes in the World

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2011's 10 Most Popular Athletes in the World
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It is time to take a look at the top 10 athletes who attract the largest fan-base across all sports.

Fans are everything when it comes to the power and respect an athlete, or a team, receives. Just a single fan shouting out a boxer's name can help that fighter overcome thoughts of defeat and power through the fight with that extra motivation they needed. A soccer player can miss or score a game-winning penalty through the help, or the jeers, of fans.

With the importance of our fickle allegiances outlined, without further ado, let us begin the list and take a peek at some of the most fortunately fan-supported athletes in the world today...

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