The God Illusion
The Cult: Roger Federer
Our society has lost all perspective when it comes to the importance we place on athletes. But with Roger Federer and his godlike tennis, perhaps we're not far off.
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The Cult: Tim Henman
Henman was an inherently British hero, the awkward letdown who we loved regardless. The crowds still shout his name at Wimbledon, it’s definitely still funny, and that makes him worthy of The Cult.
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The Cult: Nobby Solano
Almost two decades after he first arrived in England, Nobby Solano remains beloved of Newcastle fans and trumpet aficionados everywhere.
The Cult: John Terry
It’s hard to think of many footballers who are loved by so few and loathed by so many, but John Terry thoroughly deserves his supporters and his detractors. Adore or abhor him, Terry is unquestionably Cult.
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The Cult: El Hadji Diouf
One of the most widely disliked players of his generation, El Hadji Diouf was as much a source of morbid fascination as he was one of football’s ultimate figures of hate.
The Cult: Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin was on another plane of thought to his teammates, but lost the ability to express his genius. How exactly that happened, nobody seems to know.
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The Cult: Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona was the Premier League's first genuine superstar, a man who helped to build Alex Ferguson's Manchester United empire. Few had the ability to match King Eric on the pitch; fewer still possess the courage to walk away as he did.
The Cult: Red Rum
Saddle up, motherfuckers, because this week’s inductee to The Cult is an actual horse.
The Cult: Anderson Silva
For a record 16 successive fights, Anderson Silva was undefeated in the Octagon. The Brazilian became the most feared man in the UFC, dispatching his opponents with an air of nonchalance. But, like all good things, Silva's streak could not last.
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The Cult: Pavel Nedved
Having made his breakout at Euro 96, Pavel Nedved’s blond mop became an iconic feature of Serie A. He was fiercely loyal to Juventus and his own intense brand of football, and for that we induct him into The Cult.
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The Cult: Fernando Alonso
Ahead of the new F1 season, we're inducting a modern grand prix great into The Cult. With his career nearing its conclusion, Fernando Alonso's haul of two world titles feels like scant reward for a man of such extensive talents.
The Cult: Hulk Hogan
To a child of the nineties, the glorious circus of professional wrestling was viewed through guileless eyes. To the adult that child subsequently became, that innocence fell away, not least in the case of the mustachioed ringmaster, Hulk Hogan.