Best Athletes The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018  

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List Rules The 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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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 33 Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team. He is a ...more

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31 Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ...more

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Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 33 Luka Modrić is a Croatian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Croatia national team. Modrić plays mainly as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking ...more

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Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added 19 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, ...more

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Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 32 Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5. He is widely regarded as one of the finest clay court players in history and has been ...more

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Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
SidPrasad added age 26 Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian footballer who plays for Arab Contractors SC.

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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 37 Tennis player Roger Federer (IPA pronunciation: [ˈɹɑ.dʒər ˈfɛ.dər.ər]) (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss tennis professional, currently ranked World No. 1. Many experts and many of his own tennis ...more

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Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Angelique Kerber is a German tennis player of Polish background. Kerber has won four singles titles on the WTA tour, as well as eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour in her career. On ...more

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31 Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, ...more

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 26 Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the captain for the Brazil ...more

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Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 31 Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French national football team as a striker. He is described as an "immensely talented ...more

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Virat Kohli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
lizzyrocker added age 30 Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer. A right-handed middle-order batsman, he is the captain of the Indian Test team. He captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup ...more

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Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 35 Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry, also known as Bilal Yusuf Mohammed as an adopted name since his conversion in 2006 to Islam, is a French footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga ...more

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Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Robert Lewandowski is a Polish footballer who plays as striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and captains the Polish national team. After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers ...more

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Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
AdamAmroun1 added age 30 Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German ...more

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Giorgio Chiellini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 34 Giorgio Fabricio Chiellini is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He began his career as a left-back, but made his name as an ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 34 LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 37 Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on ...more

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31 Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is a forward and serves ...more

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 9 in and weighing 240 pounds, ...more

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
lizzyrocker added age 41 Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more

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Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 21 Simone Arianne Biles is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is a two-time US National All-Around Champion, two-time World All-Around Champion, two-time World Floor Champion, the 2014 World Beam ...more

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook played college basketball ...more

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 29 James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
lizzyrocker added age 38 Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in ...more

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Aaron Judge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 26 Aaron Judge is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Judge played college baseball at Fresno State. A right-handed batter and ...more

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 33 Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Prior to playing in the NHL, ...more

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 33 Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...more

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Alex Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 29 Alexandra Patricia "Alex" Morgan is an American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She is a forward for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League and for the ...more

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31 Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Crosby was drafted first overall by the ...more

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José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 28 José Carlos Altuve is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. Altuve made his major league debut in July 2011. As of 2014, he is ...more

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Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 25 Harry Edward Kane is an English professional footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team as a forward. He made his senior debut for Tottenham on 25 August 2011 in a ...more

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Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts, is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Betts is listed at 5'9", 156 pounds, and bats and ...more

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Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 26 Ednel Javier Báez is a Puerto Rican professional baseball second baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Born in Puerto Rico, Báez attended high school in ...more

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Carlos Correa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 24 Carlos Javier Correa, Jr. is a Puerto Rican baseball shortstop who was drafted first overall by the Houston Astros in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. An honor roll graduate of the Puerto ...more

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Carli Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 36 Carli Anne Lloyd is an American professional soccer midfielder who currently plays for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. She ...more

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Megan Rapinoe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 33 Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer midfielder and Olympic gold medalist who plays for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of the ...more

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Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 31 Paul Edward Goldschmidt is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He debuted with the Diamondbacks in 2011. Goldschmidt is a ...more

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Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 28 Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. He was selected by the Senators in the ...more

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Patrick Timothy Kane II, is an American professional ice hockey right wing/center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall ...more

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Tobin Heath is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 30 Tobin Powell Heath is an American professional soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup silver medalist who plays for the United States women's national ...more

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Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 32 Candace Nicole Parker is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony ...more

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Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 29 Drew Doughty is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 ...more

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Nolan Arenado is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 27 Nolan James Arenado is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. He made his Major League debut, on April 28, 2013 at the age of 22. His ...more

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Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018
age 29 Jamie Benn is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently serves as captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Benn played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets ...more