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The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

Updated November 21, 2019 56.4k votes 4.8k voters 15.8k views199 items

List RulesThe 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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    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    TeamDinamo Zagreb

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionMidfielder

    Luka Modrić (Croatian pronunciation: [lûːka mǒːdritɕ]; born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain of the...  more

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    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    NationalitySouth Africa, Switzerland

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

    ← Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈrɔdʒər ˈfeːdərər]; born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association...  more

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    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 Baseball...  more

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    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 football...  more
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    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Lakers

    ProfessionBasketball Player

    PositionPower forward

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments include...  more

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamCleveland Browns

    ProfessionFootball Player

    PositionWide receiver

    Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. (born November 5, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beckham...  more

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    BirthplacePisa, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    TeamJuventus F.C.

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionDefender

    Giorgio Chiellini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo kjelˈliːni]; born 14 August 1984) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defender and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the...  more
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    Carson Wentz

    Carson James Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota State...  more
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    Mike Trout

    Age: 29

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    ProfessionBaseball Player

    PositionCenter fielder

    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 eight-time MLB All-Star, received...  more

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    Drew Brees

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew Orleans Saints

    ProfessionAthlete, American football player

    PositionQuarterback

    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

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    BirthplaceParis, France

    TeamParis Saint-Germain

    PositionForward

    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, starring for the...  more

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    #8 of 291 The Best Current Soccer Players#69 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

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    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    TeamBorussia Dortmund

    ProfessionSoccer Player

    PositionForward

    Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. After being the top scorer in the...  more

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    Mohamed Salah

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceBasyoun, Egypt

    NationalityEgypt

    TeamMokawloon al-Arab

    ProfessionAthlete, Footballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    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 of...  more

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    BirthplaceBremen, Germany

    NationalityPoland, Germany

    ProfessionTennis player

    Angelique Kerber (German: [ʔandʒɛˈliːk ˈkɛɐ̯bɐ]; born 18 January 1988) is a German professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, she made her...  more

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    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    ProfessionAthlete, Model, Tennis player

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə ʂɐˈrapəvə] (listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident...  more

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    BirthplaceDelhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    ProfessionCricketer

    Virat Kohli (pronunciation ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best...  more
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    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 2 in men's...  more

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    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalitySpain, Argentina

    TeamArgentina national football team

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen); born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish...  more

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    Neymar

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    TeamBrazil national football team

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born 5 February 1992), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer...  more

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    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    NationalityGreece

    TeamMilwaukee Bucks

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionPower forward

    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 Freak" due to his...  more

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    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    ProfessionActor, Athlete, Tennis player

    Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, romanized: Novak Đoković, pronounced [nôʋaːk dʑôːkoʋitɕ] (listen); born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No....  more

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    Matt Ryan

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceExton, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamAtlanta Falcons

    ProfessionAthlete, American football player

    PositionQuarterback

    Matthew Thomas Ryan (born May 17, 1985) is an American football quarterback and team captain for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Boston...  more

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    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ProfessionFashion Designer, Fashion designer, Writer, Actor, Athlete

    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight...  more

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    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    TeamDenver Nuggets

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionCenter

    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

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    BirthplaceLynwood, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ProfessionWriter, Entrepreneur, Tennis player

    Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 52 in the WTA singles rankings. She is generally credited with ushering in...  more

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