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The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

Updated November 21, 2019 57.9k votes 5.2k voters 16.3k 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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    BirthplaceBoulogne-sur-Mer, France

    NationalityFrance

    TeamFC Bayern Munich

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃k ʁibeʁi]; born 7 April 1983) is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Fiorentina. He primarily plays as a winger,...  more

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    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland, South Africa

    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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    BirthplaceGelsenkirchen, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    TeamFC Schalke 04

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionMidfielder

    Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzut ˈøːzil], Turkish: [meˈsut œˈzil]; born 15 October 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal. Özil plays mostly as...  more

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    BirthplaceLyon, France

    NationalityFrance

    TeamOlympique Lyonnais

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    Karim Mostafa Benzema (French pronunciation: ​[kaʁim bɛnzema]; born 19 December 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national...  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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    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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    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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    #21 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#34 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Baker Mayfield

    Age: 25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamCleveland Browns

    ProfessionFootball Player

    PositionQuarterback

    Baker Reagan Mayfield (born April 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Mayfield began his college football career as a walk-on...  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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    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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    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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    #6 of 215 The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time#5 of 50 The Best Black Soccer Players Of All Time

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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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    Von Miller

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamDenver Broncos

    ProfessionAthlete, American football player

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas A&M,...  more
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    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Rams

    ProfessionFootball Player

    PositionRunning Back

    Todd Jerome Gurley II (born August 3, 1994) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia where he earned...  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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    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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    BirthplaceSpain, Manacor

    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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    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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    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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    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    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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    #8 of 41 The Best Bayern Munich Forwards Of All Time#12 of 100 The Best Bayern Munich Players Of All Time, Ranked

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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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    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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    #305 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#12 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

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    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina, Spain

    Teamc, Argentina

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often...  more

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