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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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1
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
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
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
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
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added age 24
Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more
7
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added Christian McCaffrey
Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
12
Carson Wentz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SuperUnicorn33 added Carson Wentz
Carson James Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota ...more
13
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added age 28
Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a seven-time MLB All-Star, ...more
14
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League ...more
16
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added Kylian Mbappé 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
17
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SuperUnicorn33 added age 40
Drew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career at ...more
18
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SidPrasad added Mohamed Salah 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
20
Virat Kohli is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State for three ...more
22
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
TRENT13 added age 25
Tyreek Hill (born March 1, 1994) is an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State ...more
23
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SuperUnicorn33 added age 30
Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more