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The Best Athletes of 2013

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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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    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Peyton Manning New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    LeBron James Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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    Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Yelena Isinbayeva Volgograd, Russia

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    Heppenheim, Germany

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    Svetlana Shkolina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Svetlana Shkolina Yartsevo, Smolensk Oblast, Russia

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    Cottbus, Germany

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    Christina Obergföll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Christina Obergföll Lahr, Germany

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    Kharkiv, Soviet Union

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    Hanna Melnychenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Hanna Melnychenko Tbilisi, Georgia

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    's-Hertogenbosch, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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    Rūta Meilutytė is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Rūta Meilutytė Kaunas, Lithuania

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    Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Usain Bolt Sherwood Content, Jamaica

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    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Lionel Messi Rosario, Argentina

  14. 14
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    Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Clayton Kershaw Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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    Manacor, Spain

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    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Serena Williams Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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    Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Missy Franklin Pasadena, California, United States of America

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    Jeanette Ottesen Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Jeanette Ottesen Gray Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

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    Hodonín, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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    Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Patrick Kane Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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    Palestine, Texas, United States of America

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    Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Miguel Cabrera Maracay, Venezuela

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    Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Katie Ledecky Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

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    David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    David Ortiz Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Sarah Sjöström Salem Municipality, Sweden

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    Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Tiger Woods Cypress, California, United States of America

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    Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Johnny Manziel Tyler, Texas, United States of America

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    Belgrade, Serbia

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    Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Cristiano Ronaldo Santo António, Portugal

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    Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Andrew McCutchen Fort Meade, Florida, United States of America

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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    St. Louis, Chesterfield, Missouri

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    Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Andrew Luck Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Gareth Bale Cardiff, Wales

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    Rotterdam, Netherlands

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Manny Pacquiáo Kibawe, Philippines

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    Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Luke Kuechly Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Chris Paul Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Trey Burke Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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    Saint-Isidore, Montérégie, Quebec

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    Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Danica Patrick Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    Fuentealbilla, Spain

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    Terrassa, Spain

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Jon Jones Rochester, New York, United States of America

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    Roanoke, Virginia, United States of America

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    El Cajon, California, United States of America

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    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013


    Kevin Durant Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

    ranked low on reranks & added by Cardinals4eva
    Mike Trout Vineland, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Yasiel Puig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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    Yasiel Puig Cienfuegos, Cuba

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