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Muhammad Ali Voted “Athlete of the Century” by ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ on Publication’s 120th Anniversary

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 4, 2016) — The longstanding and widely distributed European newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, located in Italy, named Muhammad Ali as the “Athlete of the Century” in recognizing its 120 years of publication.

“This is a very prestigious honor for me,” stated Ali. “It’s hard to believe that I’ve been retired from the ring for thirty-five years and I’m still being given this honor and awarded the title of “Athlete of the Century” by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the biggest sports publication in Europe. I want to thank everyone at La Gazzetta and all my friends and fans throughout Europe. Some of my biggest fans are from Europe and I love them all. Without their support, I know this honor would not have been possible.”


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