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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
    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    ) open
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    Akron, Ohio, United States of America

    ) open
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    + 102
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    added by Boqueman
    Volgograd, Russia

    ) open
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    + 107
    - 80

    added by wiabux
    Sherwood Content, Jamaica

    ) open
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    + 98
    - 52

    added by Boqueman
    Svetlana Shkolina

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    - 66

    Manacor, Spain

    ) open
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    - 45

    added by Boqueman
    Cottbus, Germany

    ) open
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    added by Boqueman
    Lahr, Germany

    ) open
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    added by Boqueman
    Tbilisi, Georgia

    ) open
  10. 10
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    - 40

    added by Boqueman
    Bohdan Bondarenko

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    - 27

    Dallas, Texas, United States of America

    ) open
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    - 18

    added by Uzbene
    Sebastian Vettel

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    Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    ) open
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    often listed
    Cypress, California, United States of America

    ) open
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    Santo António, Portugal

    ) open
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    Rosario, Argentina

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Uzbene
    's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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    Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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    Tyler, Texas, United States of America

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    Palestine, Texas, United States of America

    ) open
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    - 15

    ranked low on reranks & added by Uzbene
    Rūta Meilutytė

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    often listed & added by Boqueman
    Hodonín, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Maracay, Venezuela

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Uzbene
    Pasadena, California, United States of America

    ) open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Uzbene
    Jeanette Ottesen Gray

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    added by Uzbene
    Katie Ledecky

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    - 15

    added by Uzbene
    Salem Municipality, Sweden

    ) open
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    - 52

    Belgrade, Serbia

    ) open
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    + 53
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    added by taranalexander
    Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    ) open
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    Fort Meade, Florida, United States of America

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    Cardiff, United Kingdom

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    - 30

    Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Rotterdam, Netherlands

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    - 14

    St. Louis, Chesterfield, Missouri

    ) open
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    Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

    ) open
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    - 55

    Kibawe, Philippines

    ) open
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    + 48
    - 52

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    ) open
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    - 45

    Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

    ) open
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    Saint-Isidore, Montérégie, Quebec

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    - 13

    Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    ) open
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    + 42
    - 54

    Fuentealbilla, Spain

    ) open
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    + 23
    - 49

    Virginia, United States of America

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    + 36
    - 48

    Terrassa, Spain

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    + 32
    - 57

    Rochester, New York, United States of America

    ) open
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    + 23
    - 44

    Roanoke, Virginia, United States of America

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    + 34
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24
    Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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    - 4

    added by Cardinals4eva
    Vineland, New Jersey, United States of America

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    + 7
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    added by Cardinals4eva
    Yasiel Puig

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    - 25

    added by NicholasPascarello
    Moscow, Russia

    ) open
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