Occupation: Manchester United manager
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0
In 1986, when Alex Ferguson took over at perhaps the world's most popular soccer team, Manchester United, he said he wanted to knock hated rivals Liverpool off their perch (you can read the rather ruder quote if you Google it). Despite a shaky start, he recently became the longest-ever serving United manager, winning over 30 trophies and getting a knighthood from the Queen for his stellar services to soccer. If his current charges win this season's league title, United will have 19 domestic championships to Liverpool's 18 and Fergie can retire with his aim achieved.
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