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Most Influential Athletes

The 2008 roundup from

David Beckham - #25

David Beckham is the most recognizable soccer player on the planet. Since his debut at 17 years old with Manchester United, he's twice been Google's most searched athlete, finished 2nd for FIFA's World Player of the Year twice more and spent nearly six years as England's national soccer captain.

2008's Claim to Fame: David Beckham continues to garner attention and fans, playing for the L.A. Galaxy while posing for some impressive brands.


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