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Pet cat lives on her own for 40 days during coronavirus lockdown

Pet cat lives on her own for more than 40 days after all seven members of her owner’s family were hospitalised for coronavirus… and even delivers a litter of kittens

  • The moggy in Wuhan, called Le Le, was pregnant when her owner fell ill 
  • The man opened two bags of cat food for her before leaving for the hospital 
  • Le Le drank the water in a fish tank and used the cat toilet in the bathroom 
  • The incredible story was shared by her owner to the press after he recovered 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A pet cat in China has reportedly survived after being left on her own in a flat for more than 40 days by her owner and his family, all of whom had to be hospitalised for coronavirus.

The British Shorthair, called Le Le, had fallen pregnant before the outbreak and delivered a litter of four kittens unattended as she spent weeks on end in the apartment alone in Wuhan, the former centre of the pandemic.

The two-year-old moggy got through the ordeal by eating from two bags of cat food, which her owner had opened before leaving for the hospital.

She was able to drink the water from a bowl, where his owner kept his pet fish and turtles.

Le Le (pictured before the outbreak) has survived after being left on her own for more than 40 days in a flat in Wuhan. All seven members of her owner’s family contracted coronavirus

The two-year-old moggy, called Le Le, gave birth to four kittens when her owner was away

The cat’s owner has shared the extraordinary story with Chinese video outlet Pear.

According to the man, who remains unidentified, his family were hit by the bug one after another at the end of January.

‘All of us had to be hospitalised before the Chinese New Year (January 25),’ he noted. 

He said that Le Le had already been heavily pregnant when they fell ill, and her due date was around the Chinese New Year.

He said he decided not to hire a helper to come and look after Le Le because he was not sure if his flat had been contaminated by the virus.

‘I had to find a solution myself,’ he told reporters. ‘I need to be responsible for [the pet].’


The cat’s owner said when his wife returned home from the hospital, she was glad to find Le Le safe and sound. She was more glad to see four kittens running around the apartment

The man said before he went to the hospital for virus checks, he built a simple ‘delivery pad’ for Le Le ‘in case I couldn’t come back’.

He also opened two bags of cat food weighing 20 pounds in total to make sure Le Le would have enough to eat.

‘I keep turtles and flowers on the balcony, and there is filtered water there safe for her to drink,’ he added. ‘She also knew how to use the cat toilet in our bathroom.’

Her owner said before he and his wife headed to the hospital, they shut the door of all room apart from the balcony and the bathroom to let Le Le move around, ‘and after that, we have no idea what happened’.

Life in China is slowly resuming to normal after cities were shut down for weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the Great Wall re-opened to tourists this week (pictured)

 Official will lift the travel restrictions on Wuhan on April 8 after putting the city on lock dowon in January. The picture shows workers disinfecting a subway station in Wuhan on Friday

When his wife was discharged from the hospital about 40 days later, she was glad to find Le Le safe and sound.

She was more glad to see four kittens running around the flat.

‘I count myself very lucky. After all, I didn’t take care of her [for so long],’ the owner said. ‘But when I saw the newborns, it was like I saw hope.’

Le Le had eaten the fish in the bowl, but the pet turtles survived.

The man said Le Le had lost about half of her weight when he returned home but vowed to look after the pet and her kittens the best he could now that he has recovered.

Hubei officials say they have largely contained the coronavirus outbreak 

The Chinese province of Hubei has largely contained the coronavirus outbreak, according to the local government.

Officials today changed the risk level of the former epicentre Wuhan from ‘high’ to ‘medium’.

A government spokesperson said ‘main battlefield’ Wuhan and the rest of Hubei had achieved ‘important periodical result’ in stemming the epidemic, but warned of regional outbreaks.

The entire Wuhan has been classed as a ‘medium risk area’, while five of its 13 districts are now at ‘low risk’ for the cognation, according to Liu Dongru, Deputy Director of the Hubei Provincial Health Commission.

Mr Liu said at a press conference today that the situation in Wuhan was ‘positive’.

He said: ‘The spread of the epidemic in the main battlefield of Wuhan has been mostly blocked.’

The official claimed that seven cities and counties in Hubei had discharged all of their coronavirus patients.

But he underlined the possibility of regional outbreaks.

‘We must understand that zero-case reports don’t mean zero risks.

‘Although the epidemic index has dropped, the tasks in preventing and controlling the epidemic have grown, the difficulties have increased and the responsibilities [of officials] have become heavier,’ he cautioned. 

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Virgin Atlantic set to ask for government bailout due to coronavirus – The Sun

VIRGIN Atlantic is set to ask the government for a bailout due to the coronavirus, according to reports.

The airline would be among the first to ask for help, according to The Financial Times.

The struggling airline has had to ground 75 per cent of its fleet, with 85 per cent of it parked by April.

While thousands of staff have been asked to take eight weeks unpaid leave.

The government has not ruled out helping airlines – but has said that it would only be as a "last resort".

Mr Shapps told MPs that nothing had been ruled out in the response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a summary of a Transport Select Committee hearing published on Friday.

During the session, which was held in private over Skype, Labour MP Ruth Cadbury asked the Cabinet minister whether the Government would consider taking a stake in UK airlines that faced collapse.

The description of Mr Shapps's response states: "The Secretary of State said that everything was on the table.

"The department had to try to save the aviation sector and to protect the consumer and the taxpayer.
"It was important to save companies that should survive in normal times."

Mr Shapps went on to say that the Government's offer to pay 80 per cent of the salary for staff kept on by their employer would be important for airlines and airports.

He added it was vital that shareholders were "part of the solution" for saving companies.

Virgin Atlantic had previously urged the Government to offer carriers emergency credit facilities worth up to £7.5billion.

Airlines have suspended the majority of their flights due to demand plummeting and countries around the world introducing travel restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Gatwick Airport announced today that it will significantly scale back its operations next week.

From April 1, the West Sussex airport will close one of its two terminals, and its runway will only be open for scheduled flights between 2pm and 10pm.

The measures will be in place for a minimum of one month.


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Doctors who test positive for coronavirus ‘told to KEEP WORKING’ if they don’t show symptoms – The Sun

DOCTORS and nurses at a US hospital were ordered to show up for work even if they tested positive for coronavirus.

A shocking bungle at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia saw a Department of Health-approved COVID-19 memo provide incorrect information.

“If you test positive for COVID-19, you should come to work unless you are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus and you will be required to wear a mask at all times,” the original statement read, local news outlet 11 Alive reported.

The advice was “a mistake that unfortunately was not caught in the approval process,” Scott Steiner, CEO of Phoebe Health, has now clarified.

“Following some confusion and concern about our initial return-to-work policy for employees who test positive, I met with some of our clinical staff today to get input on our COVID-19 testing policy for employees and our return-to-work guidelines for those who test positive,” Steiner said.

Phoebe Health’s revised policy now gives the option to employees who test positive, but are symptom free, to stay home or “remain at work wearing personal protective equipment necessary to continue to safely care for our patients.”


Defending the decision to allow coronavirus frontline staff to keep working if they are asymptomatic and wear protective gear, Stein told 11 Alive the region was already experiencing a shortage of doctors and nurses.

“If we don't have nurses and doctors tell me who's going to care for our patients?" Steiner said.

“I'd love to be able to say, ‘hey, if you've tested positive go home, you know, take, whatever it is seven days or two weeks. But again, remember we have to run a hospital here, otherwise, we would have to shut down and most organizations are in that same position."

Hospital workers across the country have fallen victim to COVID-19 after treating patients for the infectious disease, often without adequate gloves, masks and other protective gear.

A 42-year-old Georgia hospital worker was found dead in her home on Wednesday with her four-year-old child lying beside her body.

Diedre Wilkes worked as a mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In New York City, Mt. Sinai West Hospital emergency room nurse Kious Kelly, 48, died Tuesday after a 10-day bout with coronavirus.

Meanwhile a California doctor revealed he has been forced to live in a tent to avoid infecting his wife and children.

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Joy for girl as her father returns from coronavirus isolation

Moment girl, four, celebrates as her father returns after ten-day ‘trip to Africa’… but he was really in coronavirus isolation in a camper van and just didn’t want to upset her

  • Julian Bayliss, 50, told his daughter Poppy, four, he was on expedition in Africa
  • The father was actually in self-isolation in a camper van behind the family home  
  • For the past ten days Mr Bayliss has been calling her on Skype from 300 yards
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A professor pretended he was on an expedition in Africa so his daughter wouldn’t know he was in self-isolation in a camper van behind the family home.

Julian Bayliss, 50, told the white lie to his daughter Poppy, four, to prevent her getting upset.

For the past ten days he has been calling her on Skype – from 300 yards away. The noted butterfly expert from Wrexham took the extreme measure after returning from Ethiopia where he had contact with a virus carrier.

Professor Julian Bayliss (right with daughter Poppy), 50, from Wrexham, told his four-year-old daughter Poppy that he was on an expedition in Africa 

The father had been self-isolating inside a camper van behind the family home after returning from Ethiopia where he had contact with a virus carrier

For ten days, Mr Bayliss (pictured in camper van) called his daughter on Skype from 300 yards away and told her he was on an expedition

After finally being reunited with his daughter yesterday, he said: ‘It was worth every single cold night in that camper to see the look on her face. It’s very good to be home. 

These have been very long days, the boredom has been difficult and so has the cold. Having just got off a plane from Africa it didn’t feel great to suddenly find myself in a camper van in temperatures of minus five for a couple of nights.’

He added: ‘The most difficult thing has been keeping this secret from Poppy.’


The butterfly expert  (left and right with daughter) said he had just got off his plane  from Africa when he did’t feel himself and decided to isolate in his van 

The father (pictured with Poppy and partner Malaika) was away from his family for ten days

The father added that the most difficult part of self-isolating in his van was keeping it a secret from Poppy

Danny Hughes, a paramedic from Newhaven in East Sussex, is living in a camper van to protect his family from Covid-19.

The 28-year-old RAF veteran said he was in daily contact with high-risk virus patients, adding: ‘I may not have symptoms but there is nothing to say I won’t pass it on to my family.’

Mr Hughes works for the South East Coast Ambulance Service in Polegate.

Pictured: The father washes his pots as he self-isolates in the camper van behind his family home

 

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Six arrested for 'having orgy' during coronavirus lockdown in Madrid

Police break up orgy during coronavirus lockdown in Madrid

  • Six people discovered at a suspected brothel in Madrid after complaints of noise
  • Officers raided the apartment during the coronavirus lockdown across Spain 
  • Four women and two men naked in a corridor were found at three-bedroom flat 
  • Police also found alcoholic drinks and cigarette butts scattered all over the home
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Spanish police found six people allegedly having an orgy at a brothel in Madrid during the coronavirus lockdown.

Police in the Spanish capital confirmed they found six people in a flat – suspected of being a brothel – taking part in a sex party. 

According to local media, several neighbours in the building called the police to complain about people going in and out of a flat and playing loud music.

Reports said the police went into the flat on Saturday and found four women and two men naked in a corridor with three bedrooms.

Police broke up a sex party at a suspected brothel in Madrid during the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured are police vehicles in Madrid (file image)

The local authorities also found alcoholic drinks and cigarette butts all over the flat, local media reported.

The police reportedly suspect the house was functioning as a brothel as only one of the women was registered as a tenant in the house.

Officers broke up the orgy in the Tetuan area of the city and have filed reports against them. 

Reports claim that local authorities filed a complaint against the tenant for breaking the regulations against noise pollution.

The other five guests were also reported for breaking the quarantine declared by the national government to stop the spread of COVID-19.

No arrests have been reported.

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My generation years for a love like our parents

My generation years for a love like our parents: Author Abbie Greaves reveals how she has been raised in a world of online dating and instant gratification

  • Author Abbie Greaves said three years ago her parents celebrated 30th wedding
  • She said she has prioritised exciting initial connection over solid future plans 
  • Abbie said she was drawn to men who made her laugh or unusual dates 

Three years ago, my parents held a dinner to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and my older brother, who was about to marry his high-school sweetheart, asked the secret to their success.

I’ll never forget Dad’s response: ‘There is much to be said for being both soulmates — and cellmates.’

At the time, I was 24 and like many of my generation had been in and out of unsuccessful relationships for years. It dawned on me, that evening, that what I wanted was exactly what my parents have. But what did he mean by ‘cellmates’?

Author Abbie Greaves said at her parents 30th wedding anniversary three years ago, it dawned on her that she wanted exactly what her parents had

Dad has a remarkable talent for speaking in his own proverbs. So naturally I asked Mum, and she said: ‘The spark is important; but so is a mutual desire to go the distance.’

That night, as I lay scrunched in my childhood single bed, I wondered if this was where I was going wrong.

Like many people of my age, my hunt for love had focused more on the ‘soul’ than the ‘cell’, prioritising exciting initial connection over solid future plans. I had always assumed the desire for commitment would someday miraculously materialise without me having to think about it.

Abbie’s parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary three years ago when Abbie was 24 

As a millennial, I’ve lost track of the times I’ve been reminded by those ‘older and wiser’ that my romantic woes stem from living in an age of instant gratification. And that my difficulties in sustaining a relationship can be traced back to dating apps which let me select my next fling with less effort than it takes to order a pizza.

Of course, not everyone is even looking for their monogamous happily-ever-after. But for those millennials who are — and I am one of them — I don’t believe we are less hungry for commitment than any other section of society.

Just look at our tastes in entertainment: we’re obsessed with love. Evergreen fidelity ballads by Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi dominate the music charts.

The issue is that modern life isn’t set up to show you how to do anything long-term, let alone relationships. And I was learning that first-hand.

If I had to pinpoint one unifying characteristic among my choice of suitors on Tinder or Bumble, it would have been a sense of fun. I was drawn to men who made me laugh or who suggested unusual dates such as playing pétanque in Holborn or an after-hours disco in The Science Museum. Yet nothing seemed to progress past the second or third date.

Part of me wonders whether opting for short-term prospects was our mode of self-preservation against the brutality of modern dating. Ghosting — where one party stops replying to the other — is par for the course.

And if you’re lucky enough to get a text back, make sure you aren’t being ‘breadcrumbed’ (that’s sending enough messages to keep someone interested) or ‘benched’ (putting someone in the maybe pile, while keeping your options open) or whatever fresh hell is the latest trend.

Mum saw straight through my excuses, and told me I was dismissing the good men too soon in favour of high jinks.

‘Think about the sort of man you want to wake up with in ten years’ time,’ she told me, during our weekly telephone conversation-turned-counselling session.

At first, her advice went down like a lead balloon. I could barely visualise next month, let alone ten years. I huffed my goodbyes and returned to swiping at men who listed their interests as ‘Banter, Beers and Balham FC’.

Perfect match: Abbie and her partner John. Abbie said it took a while to work out why John seemed so different to all the others

I wanted a man who would remember small details I had mentioned in texts and accept my quirks; for example, I always carry around two large, heavy bags (who knows what I might need?) and I’ll fall asleep within five minutes of putting on any film.

But I knew I wasn’t being unreasonable because these were the qualities I had grown up observing in my own parents’ marriage. On paper, they are chalk and cheese. Mum, a commercial lawyer, is terrifyingly efficient; she whisks through a three-page to-do list by 9am and has never been known for her ability to relax.

By contrast, Dad, a scientist, is a scatterbrain. But together, they are the perfect balance.

Growing up, I watched them show their love through patience, support and kindness. When my mum needed two joint replacements in two years, Dad was never far from her side, doing the chores, and still they were laughing more than any other couple I knew.

Their 30th anniversary was the final straw, and afterwards I decided to press pause on my dating apps. There was just one conversation to tie up, with a man I had been speaking to on Bumble every day for a few weeks, growing increasingly confused as to why he’d neither asked me out nor stopped replying yet.

In a fit of madness, I took the plunge and asked John if he wanted to meet IRL (in real life). I wasn’t even sure if he would turn up. It didn’t help that I was 15 minutes late leaving my work at a literary agency, and my phone was buried so deep in one of my handbags I couldn’t even call him.

Miraculously, John hadn’t fled. Over pints in a dodgy boozer, we discussed everything from work to families to whether or not a Staffy would be a good first dog.

He was undeniably attractive — with a strong jawline, thick auburn hair and the physique of someone who used their gym membership. But it took a while to work out why he seemed so different to all the others.

He listened and he genuinely thought before he spoke. There was no game-playing either. Before I boarded my bus home, he asked if I’d like to have supper in a week’s time, cutting out the anxiety of waiting for a text.

That night, I didn’t sleep. I felt both bewildered and as if I had finally come home. I tried to list all the qualities in my date which made me feel this way — his patience, his kindness, his complete lack of pretence. Then it hit me: this was the sort of man I could see myself with ten years from now.

Damn, my mother. Why did she always have to be so . . . right?

I reflected on how my priorities had changed. Or had they? Through meeting John, I finally understood that my previous stop-gap dating had been more about guarding my heart from the brutal modern dating scene than it ever had been about my taste in men. He was wittier and far more fun than anyone I had been out with before.

He also had the other, more steadfast qualities — honesty, respect, trust — that I wanted.

John was an undeniable hit with my nearest and dearest. Mum was insistent that I didn’t ‘put the young man off’. My friends invited him to everything.

We’ve now been together for three years and I’m the happiest and most confident I’ve ever been. We’ve moved in together and are planning on buying our first place and getting that dog we talked about on our first date.

As for me, I’m so glad I took a punt on the final ‘candidate’ on my dating app, even if it does give Mum the opportunity to say ‘I told you so’ with infuriating frequency.

With John, I let down my defences. And I might have found a love as real as my parents’. 

  • The Silent Treatment (£12.99, Century) by Abbie Greaves is out on April 2.

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Cuomo thanks Trump for his ‘cooperation’ amid coronavirus response

The vinegar Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed on President Trump and his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday gave way to honey on Wednesday, as he thanked the White House for its “cooperation.”

“What we’re working on is a common challenge,” said Cuomo in an Albany press briefing, noting that he’s been on the phone with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, the “extraordinarily helpful” Jared Kushner.

The united front was a sharp change from Tuesday, when a fiery Cuomo accused Trump and the federal government of dooming tens of thousands of New Yorkers to die by not doing more to help the state amass 30,000 needed ventilators.

“It’s something that our team is working on with the White House team, and I want to thank the president for his cooperation and his team for their cooperation,” Cuomo said Wednesday.

Cuomo also appeared to come around on Trump’s restrained use of the Defense Production Act.

The president could exercise the law to compel private businesses to manufacture needed supplies, but — to Cuomo’s chagrin — has resisted doing so in favor of relying on companies to step up voluntarily.

But despite previously critiquing Trump’s reticence to use the DPA, Cuomo on Wednesday saw the light.

“The president and his team, I think, are using the DPA well because it’s a leverage tool when you’re dealing with private companies,” he said.

Cuomo wasn’t entirely without critiques for Washington, however, panning a $2 trillion federal stimulus package as not going far enough for New York.

“It would really be terrible for the state of New York,” he said. “What does it mean for New York state government? It means $3.8 billion. … But we’re looking at a revenue shortfall of $9, $10, $15 billion.

“New York City only gets $1.3 billion from this package,” added Cuomo. “That is a drop in the bucket.”

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Coronavirus Is Dangerous for Young, Healthy People, Too

Health officials warn the novel coronavirus is more dangerous for adults older than 65, but younger people are also becoming severely sick with COVID-19, according to hospital reports.

In the United States, roughly 38 percent of hospitalized coronavirus patients—from February 12 through March 16—were under the age of 54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City data shows that 26 percent of the 1,160 people who were hospitalized from COVID-19 symptoms were between ages 18 and 49, The City reported.

Oxiris Barbot, M.D., New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner, explained to The City that younger people shouldn’t take coronavirus lightly.

“We have had young people not only infected but also have been ill. No one, literally, is immune to this. This is a novel virus that we have never seen before and everyone is at risk for being infected,” said Barbot.

And the coronavirus isn’t just deadly for older adults. In Los Angeles, a teen died of COVID-19 complications. In New York City, a 36-year-old school principal died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. So far, 5 people under the age of 45 have died in New York City, The New York Times reported.

In Miami, 75 healthcare professionals banned together urging everyone—including young, healthy adults—to take coronavirus seriously.

“Young and otherwise healthy people are also becoming severely ill from COVID-19. This is not just a problem for the elderly and chronically-ill. It is a dangerous threat to all of us,” they wrote in an open letter.

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Chinese students pay $20K for private jet flights out of US as coronavirus spreads

How the coronavirus tides have turned.

Last month, the US government scrambled to help American citizens evacuate China amid the COVID-19 scourge. Now, as Middle Kingdom cases die down and US infections ramp up, wealthy Chinese students are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to escape the United States via private jet.

Shanghai lawyer Jeff Song tells Reuters that he had asked his daughter, a Wisconsin high school student, if she preferred $25,460 or a ticket on a private plane out of the country. “No, Papa, I don’t want the money, I want to go home,” was the frightened girl’s response.

To help worried Chinese expatriates get out of Dodge, the US-based Air Charter Service is arranging fleets of private jets that’ll fly Chinese nationals home for up to $23,000 on a flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai, according to Air Charter PR manager Glenn Phillips. He says the price tag varies “greatly depending on the positioning of the aircraft on the dates and time requested, and the exact route.”

Richard Zaher, CEO of Paramount Business Jets, tells AFP that inquiries “have gone through the roof” with flight reservations up approximately 20 to 25 percent.

Unfortunately, returning home via commercial aircraft is proving increasingly difficult. Beijing, China, recently rerouted overseas flights after a record jump in diagnoses of the coronavirus in Chinese citizens returning home from the US and Europe. Aviation database Variflight reported that on Tuesday, 3,102 out of 3,800 planned commercial flights to and from China were scrapped over coronavirus concerns.

To fly under the Chinese travel authorities’ radar, private plane wingmen are obtaining aircraft from other countries to fly the US-China routes, or arranging transfers in Japan, Reuters reports. Annelies Garcia, commercial director for private jet booking firm PrivateFly, tells the Independent that American educators are even helping Chinese students “looking to group together to arrange a private charter.”

It’s out of the pandemic frying pan and into the fire for Chinese disease refugees, who just this past February were struggling to evacuate China amid nationwide travel restrictions.

Multiple states across the US have enacted quarantines as American cases surpass 60,000, according to Worldmeter. China conversely lifted the lockdown in the pandemic’s origin point of Wuhan, as new infections fell to zero.

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Fans vote for top 50 sport stars of all time with Jordan top of the list and Lionel Messi beating Cristiano Ronaldo – The Sun

MICHAEL JORDAN has been named the greatest sportsperson of all-time by fans across the globe.

The basketball superstar won six NBA titles in his glittering career along with a brief venture into baseball and, of course, Hollywood thanks to Space Jam.


Top 50 sports stars of all-time (50-26)

50. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (football)

49. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (WWE)

48. Ian Thorpe (swimming)

47. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball)

46. Chris Hoy (cycling)

45. Serguei Bubka (pole vaulting)

44. Drew Brees (American football)

43. Tony Hawk (skateboarding)

42. Zinedine Zidane (football)

41. Barry Sanders (American football)

40. Michael Vick (American football)

39. Haile Gebrselassie (athletics)

38. Brett Favre (American football)

37. Magic Johnson (basketball)

36. Floyd Mayweather Jr (boxing)

35. Jackie Robinson (baseball)

34. Larry Bird (basketball)

33. Carl Lewis (athletics)

32. Kobe Bryant (basketball)

31. Derek Jeter (baseball)

30. Michael Johnson (athletics)

29. Peyton Manning (American football)

28. Daley Thompson (athletics)

27. Mike Tyson (boxing)

26. Serena Williams (tennis)

*According to TheTopTens

And Jordan beat the likes of Muhammad Ali, ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky and baseball legend Babe Ruth to the title of GOAT, according to fan poll site TheTopTens.

Amazingly, Serena Williams (26th) is the only female star to be voted into the top 50.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps – a 23-time Olympic gold medallist – completes the top five, with Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt close behind.

All-round sporting phenomenon Jim Thorpe – who played baseball, basketball and American football, as well as competing in the pentathlon and decathlon – comes in next.

He's followed by Bo Jackson – a baseball and American football star.

The first non-North American sports star to make the list is Pele, with the Brazilian football legend in ninth, ahead of tennis ace Roger Federer.

From there, there's a wide array of sports covered, including WWE, boxing, pole-vaulting, cycling, skateboarding and golf.

Among the biggest names, Tiger Woods ranks 21st – with Lionel Messi (14th) edging out Cristiano Ronaldo (15th) by a single place.

Top 50 sports stars of all time (25-1)

25. John Cena (WWE)

24. Jim Brown (American football)

23. Jerry Rice (American football)

22. Gordie Howe (ice hockey)

21. Tiger Woods (golf)

20. Tom Brady (American football)

19. Wilt Chamberlain (basketball)

18. Don Bradman (cricket)

17. Jesse Owens (athletics)

16. Bobby Orr (ice hockey)

15. Cristiano Ronaldo (football)

14. Lionel Messi (football)

13. Bruce Lee (martial arts)

12. LeBron James (basketball)

11. Joe Montana (American football)

10. Roger Federer (tennis)

9. Pele (football)

8. Bo Jackson (baseball/American football)

7. Jim Thorpe (athletics, American football, baseball and basketball)

6. Usain Bolt (sprinting)

5. Michael Phelps (swimming)

4. Babe Ruth (baseball)

3. Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey)

2. Muhammad Ali (boxing)

1. Michael Jordan (basketball)

*According to TheTopTens

But not everyone is happy with the list and some have taken to Twitter to rant, with one writing: "American List… Americans yet again thinking they are the whole world."

Another tweeted: "John Cena? How can you even take this seriously?"

A third posted an image of Michael Schumacher running in determined manner, captioned: "Me on my way to find whoever came up with this travesty of a list."

One added: "How is Federer in the top 10 while Nadal's isn't even in top 50?"

Another argued: "Bias towards Americans and their lack of acknowledgement for sport worldwide. Zlatan & Pele over Maradona or Best?

"No Phil Taylor for darts, only Bradman for cricket, no Senna or Fangio and many other sports missed… plus Tyson would've destroyed Ali in both their primes."

WHY MJ?

The NBA legend is not only the greatest basketball player of all-time, but quite possibly the greatest sportsman of all-time.

While the likes of Federer, Woods and even current NBA star LeBron James have attempted to wrestle that mantle from Jordan, it's hard to look past MJ.

Not only the most incredible player on the basketball court, Jordan is a man of many other talents, including being a talented baseball player and golfer.

Then there's his business empire, with Jordan worth well over £1billion.

During his 13 seasons as a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, Jordan won the NBA title six times, and the league's Most Valuable Player award five times.

On top of that he was named Finals MVP six times, NBA All-Star 12 times (14 in total) amongst dozens and dozens of accolades, both personal and team.

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