From Bobby George to Chris Gayle: Top 10 blinged-up athletes

Sport360 staff 22/09/2016
Bling bling: Neymar, Bobby George, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine.

Sporting success can provide young athletes with a great lifestyle, but it cannot always buy taste.

With money comes a tendency in many cases to be flash with their wealth and, for some, that is a desire to cover themselves in shiny jewellery even when performing.

But who are the top 10 most blinged-up athletes of all time?

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(Clockwise): Grant Fuhr, Doug Baldwin and Chris Gayle.

One of the most feared batsmen in the world, bowlers tremble with fear whenever he steps to the crease.

The Jamaican cricketer, who turns 37 today, has left his mark on the sport by clubbing record after record in all formats of the game. While he becomes more dangerous with fewer overs, he’s still been explosive in Tests, where he’s one of only four players in history to have two triple centuries.

In ODIs, he’s one of just five players to score a double century, including a then-record 215 in the 2015 World Cup. In perhaps his best format, T20s, Gayle set the highest score with 175 not out, reaching the century mark in just 30 balls. He’s captained the West Indies Test side, plays domestic cricket for Jamaica and represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Simply put, there are few who smash the ball better.

More sport celebrity birthdays on this day:

1962: Grant Fuhr, retired Canadian NHL goaltender who won five Stanley Cups and was a seven-time All-Star (54).

1978: Doug Howlett, former New Zealand rugby union player and the highest try scorer in All Black history (38).

1979: Richard Dunne, Irish retired footballer who is tied for the most Premier League send offs with eight (37).

1988: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVIII champion (28).

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Entering the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club, Europe had a stranglehold on the competition with three consecutive victories over the United States.

But on this day in 2008, the Americans didn’t just snap their rivals’ streak, but secured their largest margin of victory in 27 years by winning 16 1/2 to 11 1/2.

Paul Azinger’s men held the lead after every session of play for the first time since 1979, while Europe captain Nick Faldo received flack for saving his best players until the end, by which point the United States had already finished off the job.

The win came courtesy of Jim Furyk’s defeat of Miguel Angel Jimenez 2 & 1 on the final day to change the tide.

More memorable events on this day:

1955: Rocky Marciano wins his final bout against Archie Moore to retire as world heavyweight champion.

1969: Rhe United States defeat Romania to win the 58th edition of the Davis Cup.

1986: Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino throws six touchdown passes in a 51-45 overtime win over NY Jets.

1989: USA Basketball announces the ‘Dream Team’ for the 1992 Olympics.

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