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The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

Updated November 21, 2019 55.6k votes 4.3k voters 15.0k 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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  • Luka Modrić1
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    402

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    TeamDinamo Zagreb

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionMidfielder

    Luka Modrić (Croatian pronunciation: [lûːka mǒːdritɕ]; born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian...  more

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  • Giorgio Chiellini2
    730
    382

    BirthplacePisa, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    TeamJuventus F.C.

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionDefender

    Giorgio Chiellini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo kjelˈliːni]; born 14 August 1984) is an...  more
  • Roger Federer3
    599
    488

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

    ← Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈrɔdʒər ˈfeːdərər]; born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss...  more

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    #6 of 216 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time#20 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

  • Patrick Mahomes II4
    108
    67

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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    #33 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#2 of 70 The Best Quarterbacks in the NFL Right Now

  • Christian McCaffrey5
    94
    57

    Christian McCaffrey

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and...  more
  • LeBron James6
    776
    743

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Lakers

    ProfessionBasketball Player

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward, Point forward

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Mike Trout7
    96
    70

    Mike Trout

    Age: 29

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    NationalityAmerican

    TeamLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    ProfessionBaseball Player

    PositionCenter fielder

    Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder...  more

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    #24 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#20 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • Drew Brees8
    76
    52

    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...  more

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    #53 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#24 of 24 The Most Hated Players In The NFL Right Now

  • Carson Wentz9
    103
    80

    Carson Wentz

    Carson James Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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    #86 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#343 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo10

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    NationalityGreece

    TeamMilwaukee Bucks

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionSmall forward, Point forward

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for...  more

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    #6 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#66 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Nikola Jokić11
    158
    148

    NationalitySerbia

    TeamDenver Nuggets

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionCenter

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #13 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#117 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Angelique Kerber12
    483
    506

    BirthplaceBremen, Germany

    NationalityGermany,Poland

    ProfessionTennis player

    Angelique Kerber (German: [ʔandʒɛˈliːk ˈkɛɐ̯bɐ]; born 18 January 1988) is a German...  more
  • Lionel Messi13
    521
    550

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalitySpain, Argentina

    TeamArgentina national football team

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

    Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen); born...  more

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    #646 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#3 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

  • Lauri Markkanen14
    Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #26 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#20 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Robert Lewandowski15
    516
    555

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    TeamBorussia Dortmund

    ProfessionSoccer Player

    PositionForward

    Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a...  more

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    #1 of 41 The Best Bayern Munich Forwards Of All Time#4 of 100 The Best Bayern Munich Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Mohamed Salah16
    458
    490

    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...  more

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    #23 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#2 of 164 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

  • Kylian Mbappé17
    500
    537

    BirthplaceParis, France

    TeamParis Saint-Germain

    PositionForward

    Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris...  more

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    #8 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#49 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

  • Maria Sharapova18
    586
    642

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    ProfessionAthlete, Model, Tennis player

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə...  more

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  • Neymar19
    482
    526

    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...  more

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    #24 of 138 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#13 of 266 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

  • Rafael Nadal20
    494
    541

    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal...  more

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    #44 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#2 of 33 Best Current Men's Tennis Serves

  • Serena Williams21
    486
    538

    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...  more

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  • Virat Kohli22
    326
    358

    BirthplaceDelhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    ProfessionCricketer

    Virat Kohli (pronunciation ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently...  more
  • Venus Williams23
    374
    415

    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...  more

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  • Novak Djokovic24
    549
    625

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    ProfessionActor, Athlete, Tennis player

    Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, romanized: Novak Đoković, pronounced [nôʋaːk...  more

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    #67 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes#2 of 17 The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today

  • Tyreek Hill25
    71
    66

    BirthplaceGeorgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamKansas City Chiefs

    ProfessionFootball Player

    PositionWide Receiver, Return specialist

    Tyreek Hill (born March 1, 1994) is an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs of...  more