Special Report

37 Most Successful Athletes of the 21st Century

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31. Sidney Crosby
> Sport: Hockey
> Championships: 3x Stanley Cup, 2x gold medal
> Team or country: Pittsburgh Penguins
> Career length: 2005-present
> Other accomplishments: 7x All-Star, 2x Hart Trophy

After entering the NHL as one of the most exciting prospects ever, Sidney Crosby has managed to live up to the hype. Crosby won three Stanley Cups before his 30th birthday and his Pittsburgh Penguins seem poised to keep winning.

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32. Stephen Curry
> Sport: Basketball
> Championships: 3x NBA Champion
> Team or country: Golden State Warriors
> Career length: 2009-present
> Other accomplishments: 2x MVP, 6x All-star

Steph Curry is one of the greatest pure shooters of all time, shattering multiple NBA 3-pointer records on his way to consecutive NBA MVPs in 2015 and 2016. Curry is the leader of the Warriors dynasty, which won three titles and made it to four consecutive NBA Finals — and counting.

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33. Tiger Woods
> Sport: Golf
> Championships: 15x Major champion
> Team or country: United States
> Career length: 1996-present
> Other accomplishments: 81 career tour wins

Tiger Woods enjoyed a decade of pro golf dominance starting in 1997, winning 14 majors. Facing injuries and personal struggles, his golf game suffered for a decade. But Tiger earned redemption, winning the 2019 Masters Tournament, his 81st tournament win and 15th major championship.

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34. Tim Duncan
> Sport: Basketball
> Championships: 5x NBA Champion
> Team or country: San Antonio Spurs
> Career length: 1997-2016
> Other accomplishments: 15x All-Star, 10x All-NBA, 2x MVP

After being drafted first overall in 1997, Tim Duncan proved his worth almost immediately, winning his first of five NBA championships in 1999.

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35. Tom Brady
> Sport: Football
> Championships: 6x Super Bowl
> Team or country: New England Patriots
> Career length: 2000-present
> Other accomplishments: 14x Pro Bowl, 3x All-Pro, 3x MVP

Tom Brady has taken the New England Patriots to nine Super Bowls, winning six of them — more than any other player in the Super Bowl era. Even into his 40s, Brady shows no signs of slowing down.