Ah, I didn't realize we were limiting things to English speaking stars.
I'd probably still put Arnold and Sly ahead of Statham...but mostly because I was raised on a steady diet of 80's action cheese.
Thing is, Statham is a much better actor than either Arnie or Sly (and I love both of them, too), and he's a more interesting, unique action star than the generic "big guy with muscles" those two so often played.
Statham has actual range; can you imagine Stallone or Schwarzenegger in a Guy Ritchie film? Or pulling off Transporter 1-2 and Crank 1-2? Most times when those two have tried something different, it's rarely been successful. I'll at least give credit to Arnie for quality funny roles in "Kindergarten Cop" and especially "Twins", but Stallone? He tried and failed in "Stop! Or my Mom will Shoot", and was completely out-shined by Kurt Russell (a way better actor, too) in "Tango and Cash". (Very good film)
No, Statham definitely receives the nod over both of those two, much as I like them.
Yeah, if we're talking