2018 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018  

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List Rules The best all-around athletes in their respective sports. Vote based on their 2018 performance only.

When it comes to being an all-around best athlete, you're not just talking about the leading scorers of all time, or the best quarterbacks. An all-around great athlete offers the best of both worlds. Whether that's being a league leader on offense and defense, or finishing first in the both the 100 and 1000-meter race, all-around athletes are certainly not one-trick ponies. In more rare cases, all-around athletes even transition from sport to sport, dominating in any. Here on this list, however, is a round up of the best in their sport. So, who are your picks for the best all-around athletes of 2018?

From offensive and defensive powerhouse and NBA star Lebron James to the home-run-slugging and play-making Aaron Judge, the sports world has seen some serious all-around talent in 2018. But these big names aren't the only athletes making waves in their sports, as players like Kevin Durant and Nolan Arenado (respectively) are both giving them a run for their money. Of course, we can't forget stars of the NHL, top soccer players, tennis players, track-and-field greats, and so on. 

On that note, take a look at the list of all-around best athletes below, and vote up those you think have performed best throughout 2018. Feel free to add any missing athletes to the list.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 34
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team. He is a ...more
2
499 291
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 32
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ...more
3
412 221
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31
Robert Lewandowski is a Polish footballer who plays as striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and captains the Polish national team. After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers ...more
4
481 277
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 32
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, ...more
5
383 198
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31
Angelique Kerber is a German tennis player of Polish background. Kerber has won four singles titles on the WTA tour, as well as eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour in her career. On ...more
6
533 347
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 38
Tennis player Roger Federer (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss tennis professional, currently ranked World No. 1. Many experts and many of his own tennis peers believe that Federer may be the ...more
7
458 308
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 33
Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5. He is widely regarded as one of the finest clay court players in history and has been ...more
8
464 331
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 34
Luka Modrić is a Croatian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Croatia national team. Modrić plays mainly as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking ...more
9
463 391
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added 19
Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, ...more
10
662 609
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 35
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
11
429 381
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SidPrasad added age 27
Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one ...more
12
451 418
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 27
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the captain for the Brazil ...more
13
307 264
Virat Kohli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
lizzyrocker added age 31
Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer. A right-handed middle-order batsman, he is the captain of the Indian Test team. He captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup ...more
14
282 254
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 36
Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry, also known as Bilal Yusuf Mohammed as an adopted name since his conversion in 2006 to Islam, is a French footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga ...more
15
461 493
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 32
Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is a forward and serves ...more
16
295 289
Giorgio Chiellini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 35
Giorgio Fabricio Chiellini is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He began his career as a left-back, but made his name as an ...more
17
310 311
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 31
Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German ...more
18
282 280
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 32
Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French national football team as a striker. He is described as an "immensely talented ...more
19
455 501
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 38
Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on ...more
20
61 17
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added age 24
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more
21
378 479
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31
Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more
22
58 20
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added
Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the 2017 NBA draft, he was taken by ...more
23
53 20
Carson Wentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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Carson James Wentz is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and ...more
24
340 500
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
lizzyrocker added age 42
Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more
25
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added age 25
Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more