10. Will Sheridan – Basketball
Will Sheridan played as a starter for four years on the college team of the Villanova Wildcats. He is 6 ft. 8 in. and he played as a forward.
9. Darren Young – Wrestling
Darren Young was the first professional WWE superstar to admit publicly he is gay.
8. Jason Collins – Basketball
Jason Collins became the first openly gay sportsman to play in one of North America’s four major professional leagues.
7. Michael Sam – American Football
Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, became the first openly gay NFL player ever when he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014.
6. Thomas Hitzlsperger – Football (Soccer)
Former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in January 2014. Brit Amaechi blasted Blatter after former Aston Villa star Hitzlsperger revealed he is gay.
5. John Amaechi – Basketball
John Amaechi played at Penn State and when he was in the NBA he played for Cleveland, Orlando, and Utah.
4. Steven Davies – Cricket
English cricketer Steven Davies came out in 2011, the first professional cricketer to state publicly that he is gay. “It’s something I’ve lived with for a long time,” he told the Telegraph at the time.
3. Orlando Cruz – Boxing
Cruz became the first boxer to come out as gay while still active professionally, stating that “I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man”.
2. Ian Thorpe – Swimming
After years of denying that he was homosexual, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe came out in an interview with Michael Parkinson in 2012. “I’ve thought about this for a long. I’m not straight,” he said.
1. Christiano Ronaldo – Football (Soccer)
Cristiano Ronaldo was allegedly the victim of homophobic abuse during the Madrid derby after Atletico midfielder Koke was accused of calling him a “faggot” during Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory at the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo responds to Koke: ‘I’m a faggot with a lot of money’