Get on my back and I'm going to carry you.'" -- Richard Jefferson, Cleveland teammate He remains the greatest current exponent of global soccer, a player of such otherworldly skill that the one remaining question to be answered in his career is whether he can be considered the best in the game's history.
And he'd won only 10 of his Grand Slams at the time.
-- Jim Caple "What makes it so special is that he doesn't just take something from you and just keep on going.
And he's still on course to take over from Messi as the world's finest.
Neymar took down one of the baddies with a nifty bit of footwork in his movie debut in "x Xx: Return of Xander Cage" this year. Funny, that's exactly what Celtic defender Mikael Lustig said, unimpressed by Neymar's diving in a Champions League game.
He looks directly at you, says, 'Thank you,' stops to talk, makes you feel that it's no chore for him." -- Colleen Taylor, one of Federer's many devoted followers, on how he treats his fans He has won five majors.
In the era of Tiger Woods and with 11 runner-up finishes in majors, that tends to be both overlooked and underrated. 18 on Forbes' 2016 list of America's richest celebrities with a net worth of 5 million, beating Barbra Streisand by one spot.
And he continued to bolster his fame this year when he won the 2017 Australian Open, becoming at age 35 the oldest man to win the event since Ken Rosewall in 1972.
In 2007, Switzerland issued a postage stamp bearing Federer's image, making him the country's first living person to be so honored.
-- Ian Chadband "Neymar is increasingly dominating every year.
The first season he was just a servant of Messi, but in second he turned into his partner, and now he has all the liberties because he feels like he's the best." -- Jorge Valdano, Argentinian World Cup winner and soccer sage Being the fastest human in history is a pretty big deal.
The data for each athlete in the pool was then fed into a formula created by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar that weighs athletes' endorsements, their following on the social media Big Three (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Google search popularity, producing a comparative ranking system.