The Best Athletes of 2013 Athletes

The Best Athletes of 2013

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Peyton Manning

    1976 More
    100
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    LeBron James

    1984 More
    88
  3. 3
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    ranked high on reranks
    Yelena Isinbayeva

    1982 More
    81
    added by: Boqueman
  4. 4
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    75
  5. 5
    Up 28
    Down 12
    1984 More
    70
    added by: Boqueman
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    controversial
    Usain Bolt

    1986 More
    70
    added by: wiabux
  7. 7
    Up 27
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    Svetlana Shkolina

    68
    added by: Boqueman
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    Down 15
    1983 More
    67
    added by: Boqueman
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    often listed &controversial
    Tiger Woods

    1975 More
    66
  10. 10
    Up 27
    Down 15
    1981 More
    63
    added by: Boqueman
  11. 11
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    Down 16

    Bohdan Bondarenko

    59
    added by: Boqueman
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    controversial
    Adrian Peterson

    1985 More
    57
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    1988 More
    57
  14. 14
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    often listed &controversial
    Johnny Manziel

    57
  15. 15
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    1986 More
    56
  16. 16
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    controversial
    Serena Williams

    1981 More
    54
  17. 17
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    1983 More
    54
    added by: Boqueman
  18. 18
    Up 25
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    1987 More
    51
  19. 19
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    Down 48
    1983 More
    50
  20. 20
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    Down 58
    1975 More
    49
  21. 21
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    1989 More
    48
  22. 22
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    1981 More
    45
  23. 23
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    1977 More
    44
    added by: taranalexander
  24. 24
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    1986 More
    42
  25. 25
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    1985 More
    41
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    1987 More
    41
  27. 27
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    1988 More
    41
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    1983 More
    40
  29. 29
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    1989 More
    37
  30. 30
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    1984 More
    37
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    36
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    Up 13
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    1987 More
    36
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    Down 37
    1979 More
    34
  34. 34
    Up 6
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    1991 More
    32
  35. 35
    Up 25
    Down 44
    1978 More
    22
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    ranked low on reranks
    Danica Patrick

    1982 More
    17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Andrés Iniesta

    1984 More
    15
  38. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Xavi

    1980 More
    11
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    Trey Burke

    10
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