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Most Influential Athletes

The 2008 roundup from

Christiano Ronaldo - #9

Cristiano Ronaldo was an upstart Portugese soccer player who caught the eye of Britain's Manchester United brass and was promptly signed by them in 2003. The first Portuguese player on the team, he would win back-to-back FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year awards and crack the top 20 of FIFA player rankings in 2005.

2008's Claim to Fame: Soccer's biggest sensation, Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United's golden boy.


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