- Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer
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As part of AskMen.com’s sixth annual survey to pinpoint the most influential men in the world, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is the only NBA player to make the 49-man list.
The web site’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011 has Nowitzki at No. 39, with Mavs owner Mark Cuban at No. 32. More than 200,000 readers voted in this year’s poll, which did not include Lakers star Kobe Bryant after Bryant ranked No. 45 in 2010.
Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died earlier this month, tops the list after a monthlong voting process that began in early September. Actor George Clooney is the only man to be named to the top 49 in all six years of the pool.
Other sports figures include Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi (No. 10), Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola (No. 18), tennis champion Novak Djokovic (No. 19), UFC president Dana White (No. 38), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (No. 42), golfer Rory McIlroy (No. 45) and Oscar Pistorius, who placed No. 48 as a runner competing internationally with two prosthetic legs.
President Barack Obama placed 21st.