If you haven't been tuning into the World Cup what are you waiting for? With seven of the top 20 athletes on our list futbol players, there's really no excuse not to. Especially since the No. 1 athlete in this week's Cross-Sport Power Rankings is Tim Howard, Team USA's impenetrable goalie. Allowing only one goal in the 1-1 draw, Howard was spectacular -- and then some. Without his hands of gold, Team USA would likely be pointless after its World Cup debut.
Along with Howard, fellow World Cup participants Siphiwe Tshabalala, Clint Dempsey, Lukas Podolski, Keisuke Honda, Miroslav Klose and Robert Koren also scored spots on our list.
What did we get right, and what did we get very, very wrong? Are there too many soccer players on the list? Should Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup-clinching goal put him in front of goal-stopper Tim Howard? And should Kobe Bryant's Game 5 performance put him in the top five, even though his team lost? Sound off in the comments section below!
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