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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.
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Peyton Manning

    1976 More
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    1982 More
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    Svetlana Shkolina

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    1984 More
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    1981 More
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    Bohdan Bondarenko

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    1985 More
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    1983 More
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    1975 More
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    Sebastian Vettel

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    1983 More
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    Johnny Manziel

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    1987 More
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    1981 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Ortiz

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    often listed
    Patrick Kane

    1988 More
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    Marianne Vos

    1987 More
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    Rūta Meilutytė

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    Missy Franklin

    1995 More
    51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Andrew McCutchen

    1986 More
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    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    1977 More
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    Katie Ledecky

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    Jeanette Ottesen Gray

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    1980 More
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    1979 More
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    1987 More
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    ranked high on reranks
    Luke Hancock

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    Jimmie Johnson

    1966 More
    11
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