The Best Athletes of 2014  

Ranker Sports
1.3k votes 328 voters 2.8k views 85 items

List Rules Upvote the athletes and sports superstars who knocked it out of the park in 2014.

Ah... to be the best there is in your game. 2014 was a big year for sports, with major international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup thrown in with all the usual athletic events like the Super Bowl, World Series, and other league championships. The athletes on this list were the best of the best, leading their sports with points, goals, and other insane statistics, and definitely stood out as the greatest players in any sport in 2014.

Some of these male and female sports stars had a breakout season, while others continued their legacies of greatness. Unfortunately, a few of these talented athletes were part of teams that were unsuccessful, but individually, they are still worthy of a spot among the best 2014 athletes.

We scoured highlights and big games the year in sports, from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB to the international sports scene including major league soccer, the Olympics, and world championships. Do you agree with these picks? Add your favorite athletes who had huge year's in 2014 or vote up the stars you love who are already listed.

Of course, after you've viewed the best, be sure to check out the worst athletes of 2014.
Yuzuru Hanyu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
Photo: via Twitter
Hanyu helped deliver Japan its first ever men's figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in March 2014. He also took home Olympic gold with a record-breaking score of 101.45 and won first place at the Grand Prix Final.

More Yuzuru Hanyu

#1 of 51 on The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time #1 of 28 on The Best Male Figure Skaters in the World Right Now #1 of 150 on The Best Olympic Athletes in Figure Skating #1 of 95 on The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

Agree or disagree?
see more on Yuzuru Hanyu
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
Photo: via Reddit
Djokovic reclaimed the number one men's tennis player ranking in July 2014 and held onto it throughout the rest of the year. He won Wimbledon in 2014, defeating tennis great Roger Federer in an epic five-set showdown.

More Novak Djokovic

#10 of 56 on The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019 #6 of 253 on The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time #17 of 18 on Coolest Athlete Logos #2 of 127 on The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now

Agree or disagree?
see more on Novak Djokovic
Boqueman added
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

More Thomas Müller

#77 of 1390 on The Best Soccer Players of All Time #15 of 552 on The Best Current Soccer Players #33 of 103 on Coolest Soccer Players #27 of 117 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

Agree or disagree?
see more on Thomas Müller
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2014
Photo: via Imgur
The 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time First-Team All-Pro quarterback for the Denver Broncos came oh-so-close to winning another Super Bowl in 2014. Manning lead the Broncos to the final game of the post-season by leading the league in passing yards (5,477), touchdowns (55), yards per game (342), and passing attempts and completions (450 out of 659). His 82.93 quarterback rating led the league. And, to top off his great year, in Week 7 of the 2014-2015 season, Manning surpassed Brett Favre to become the NFL's All-Time touchdown leader.

More Peyton Manning

#91 of 280 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #2 of 116 on The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time #2 of 60 on The Best NFL Players Of The Decade #8 of 381 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Agree or disagree?
see more on Peyton Manning