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The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

Updated November 21, 2019 55.8k votes 4.3k voters 15.1k 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
    1,784
    399

    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
    441

    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
    596
    484

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

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

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    #5 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
    106
    66

    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
    93
    56

    Christian McCaffrey

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and...  more
  • LeBron James6
    772
    744

    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

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  • Mike Trout7
    95
    69

    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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    #1 of 62 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#1 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Carson Wentz8
    103
    79

    Carson Wentz

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

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

  • Drew Brees9
    75
    51

    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

  • Nikola Jokić10
    157
    148

    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    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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    #67 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#111 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Angelique Kerber11
    482
    504

    BirthplaceBremen, Germany

    NationalityGermany,Poland

    ProfessionTennis player

    Angelique Kerber (German: [ʔandʒɛˈliːk ˈkɛɐ̯bɐ]; born 18 January 1988) is a German...  more
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo12

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    NationalityGreece

    TeamMilwaukee Bucks

    ProfessionBasketball player

    PositionPower forward

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

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    #12 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#66 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Lionel Messi13
    518
    549

    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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    #701 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#3 of 1,294 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

  • Mohamed Salah14
    456
    487

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

  • Robert Lewandowski15
    514
    551

    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#3 of 100 The Best Bayern Munich Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Lauri Markkanen16
    Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #60 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#25 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

  • Kylian Mbappé17
    498
    534

    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

  • Neymar18
    481
    522

    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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    #26 of 138 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#33 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Rafael Nadal19
    493
    537

    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    ProfessionAthlete, Tennis player

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

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  • Maria Sharapova20
    584
    640

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    ProfessionAthlete, Model, Tennis player

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

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  • Serena Williams21
    485
    536

    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
    355

    BirthplaceDelhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    ProfessionCricketer

    Virat Kohli (pronunciation ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently...  more
  • Venus Williams23
    374
    414

    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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    #203 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#182 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • Novak Djokovic24
    543
    622

    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
    70
    65

    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