128000 is the sum of ranked match players on aoe2.net, including dm, eq, and tg. If you look only at rm tg there's 77000. there are also unranked (probably an equal amount). Not to mention another possible equal amount on other platforms aside from de.The best in the world is a statement I wouldn't debate. The best out of 8 billion is a ridiculous statement though.
46000 is the number of accounts on the ladder according to aoe2.net. Sure you might count a few thousand more or less, but that doesnt change anything about the 8 billion statement.
It's a lot more than I would have expected.
Does LeBron James consider himself not the best out of 8 billion in his sport?