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The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

Updated November 21, 2019 53.2k votes 4.3k voters 14.9k 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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  • 1
    Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    1,736
    432

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    TeamDinamo Zagreb

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionMidfielder

    Luka Modrić (Croatian pronunciation: [lûːka mǒːdritɕ]; born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    625
    516

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

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

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  • 3
    Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    54

    Christian McCaffrey

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    65

    Patrick Mahomes II

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

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  • 5
    Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    Harry Kane

    Age: 26

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player, Soccer Player

    PositionForward

    Harry Edward Kane (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    796
    770

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    378

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamChicago Blackhawks

    ProfessionAthlete, Ice Hockey Player, Ice hockey player

    PositionRight wing, Centerman

    Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right... more on Wikipedia

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    #38 of 502 The Best NHL Players of All Time#4 of 63 The Shortest Players In The NHL Today

  • 8
    Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    79
    53

    Drew Brees

    Age: 40

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Carson Wentz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    79

    Carson Wentz

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

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  • 10
    Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    95
    71

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    #20 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#21 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • 11
    Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    146

    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    TeamDenver Nuggets

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionCenter

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

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    #16 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#101 of 765 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • 12
    Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    530
    572

    BirthplaceParis, France

    TeamParis Saint-Germain

    PositionForward

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

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    #5 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#1569 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • 15
    Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    498
    535

    BirthplaceBremen, Germany

    NationalityGermany,Poland

    ProfessionTennis player

    Angelique Kerber (German: [ʔandʒɛˈliːk ˈkɛɐ̯bɐ]; born 18 January 1988) is a German... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    539
    585

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina, Spain

    TeamArgentina national football team

    ProfessionFootballer, Football player

    PositionForward

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

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  • 17
    Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    583

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    TeamBorussia Dortmund

    ProfessionSoccer Player

    PositionForward

    Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    Mohamed Salah

    Age: 27

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    574

    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Neymar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    Neymar

    Age: 27

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    674

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    ProfessionAthlete, Model, Tennis player

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

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    Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    67

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    ProfessionActor, Athlete, Tennis player

    Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, romanized: Novak Đoković, pronounced [nôʋaːk... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Virat Kohli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
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    BirthplaceDelhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    ProfessionCricketer

    Virat Kohli (pronunciation ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
    498
    573

    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 on Wikipedia

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