The Best Athletes of 2013 Athletes
Ultimate List
8  reranks 5,480 votes 395 voters 7,744 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

The Best Athletes of 2013

List Criteria: Top athletes of the year, judged only by their performances during 2013 seasons

The best athletes of 2013 are the league leaders, most valuable player award winners and widely regarded as the top players in their respective sports. They might not play against one another on the field or court but that doesn't stop anyone from ranking them all head to head to select the top athletes of 2013.

When selecting 2013's best athletes, many perennial favorites once again top the list. LeBron James once again led his Miami Heat to the NBA Championship. Peyton Manning, now at the helm of the Denver Broncos, is impressing NFL fans across the globe. Serena Williams continues to dominate in the world of tennis. All have been on the best athletes of the year lists before and show little signs of stopping now.

But how do you compare one top athlete in one sport to a fellow leader in another? That's where it gets tricky. Johnny Manzeil might be the top college football player of 2013 but can he compare to top fantasy football performer of 2013 Adrian Peterson? David Ortiz won the World Series MVP when his Boston Red Sox brought home the championship but is his performance better than that of top soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo?

However you rank these best athletes of 2013, do so below! You can also add those not listed and re-rank this list of the top athletes of 2013 your way.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 8 ReRanks
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 179
    Down 77

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Peyton Manning

    1976 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 118
    Down 90
    1984 More
    88
  3. 3
    Up 91
    Down 37
    1982 More
    80
    added by: Boqueman
  4. 4
    Up 87
    Down 38

    Svetlana Shkolina

    77
    added by: Boqueman
  5. 5
    Up 79
    Down 32
    1984 More
    76
    added by: Boqueman
  6. 6
    Up 85
    Down 35
    1981 More
    75
    added by: Boqueman
  7. 7
    Up 95
    Down 72
    1986 More
    74
    added by: wiabux
  8. 8
    Up 54
    Down 19
    1988 More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 80
    Down 33

    Bohdan Bondarenko

    73
    added by: Boqueman
  10. 10
    Up 81
    Down 40
    1983 More
    73
    added by: Boqueman
  11. 11
    Up 66
    Down 60
    1986 More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 53
    Down 13

    Sebastian Vettel

    66
    added by: Uzbene
  13. 13
    Up 48
    Down 26
    1983 More
    65
    added by: Boqueman
  14. 14
    Up 67
    Down 88

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tiger Woods

    1975 More
    64
  15. 15
    Up 80
    Down 66
    1985 More
    64
  16. 16
    Up 81
    Down 52
    1987 More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 56
    Down 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Marianne Vos

    1987 More
    63
    added by: Uzbene
  18. 18
    Up 81
    Down 114

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 76
    Down 68
    1981 More
    63
  20. 20
    Up 65
    Down 75

    Johnny Manziel

    63
  21. 21
    Up 70
    Down 57
    1983 More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 56
    Down 48

    often listed
    Patrick Kane

    1988 More
    62
  23. 23
    Up 52
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Rūta Meilutytė

    61
    added by: Uzbene
  24. 24
    Up 73
    Down 66

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Ortiz

    1975 More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 51
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Missy Franklin

    1995 More
    60
    added by: Uzbene
  26. 26
    Up 48
    Down 9

    Jeanette Ottesen Gray

    59
    added by: Uzbene
  27. 27
    Up 50
    Down 12

    Katie Ledecky

    59
    added by: Uzbene
  28. 28
    Up 49
    Down 12
    1993 More
    59
    added by: Uzbene
  29. 29
    Up 48
    Down 54
    1977 More
    58
    added by: taranalexander
  30. 30
    Up 58
    Down 52
    1986 More
    57
  31. 31
    Up 57
    Down 50
    1987 More
    57
  32. 32
    Up 43
    Down 27
    1989 More
    49
  33. 33
    Up 54
    Down 61
    1989 More
    49
  34. 34
    Up 45
    Down 48
    1983 More
    47
  35. 35
    Up 42
    Down 12
    1984 More
    46
  36. 36
    Up 43
    Down 49
    44
  37. 37
    Up 47
    Down 49
    1985 More
    43
  38. 38
    Up 33
    Down 40
    1982 More
    43
  39. 39
    Up 42
    Down 55
    1981 More
    40
  40. 40
    Up 51
    Down 54
    1978 More
    40
  41. 41
    Up 24
    Down 10
    1991 More
    39
  42. 42
    Up 23
    Down 45
    1979 More
    36
  43. 43
    Up 40
    Down 51
    1984 More
    36
  44. 44
    Up 33
    Down 43
    1980 More
    35
  45. 45
    Up 30
    Down 53

    ranked high on reranks
    Jon Jones

    1987 More
    33
  46. 46
    Up 23
    Down 39
    33
  47. 47
    Up 33
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmie Johnson

    1966 More
    24
    added by: gamedemon24
  48. 48
    Up 6
    Down 1
    1991 More
    21
    added by: Cardinals4eva
  49. 49
    Up 5
    Down 2

    new! Yasiel Puig

    19
    added by: Cardinals4eva
  50. 50
    Up 15
    Down 22
    1985 More
    13
    added by: NicholasPascarello
  51. 51 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 50

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists