2013 Sports The Best Athletes of 2013  

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List Rules Top athletes of the year, judged only by their performances during 2013 seasons

The best athletes of 2013 are the league leaders, most valuable player award winners and widely regarded as the top players in their respective sports. They might not play against one another on the field or court but that doesn't stop anyone from ranking them all head to head to select the top athletes of 2013.

When selecting 2013's best athletes, many perennial favorites once again top the list. LeBron James once again led his Miami Heat to the NBA Championship. Peyton Manning, now at the helm of the Denver Broncos, is impressing NFL fans across the globe. Serena Williams continues to dominate in the world of tennis. All have been on the best athletes of the year lists before and show little signs of stopping now.

But how do you compare one top athlete in one sport to a fellow leader in another? That's where it gets tricky. Johnny Manzeil might be the top college football player of 2013 but can he compare to top fantasy football performer of 2013 Adrian Peterson? David Ortiz won the World Series MVP when his Boston Red Sox brought home the championship but is his performance better than that of top soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo?

However you rank these best athletes of 2013, do so below! You can also add those not listed and re-rank this list of the top athletes of 2013 your way.
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209 100
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

2
106 58
Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 36

3
99 51
Christina Obergföll is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 37

4
89 44
Bohdan Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 29

5
101 55
Svetlana Shkolina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 32

6
69 21
Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 31

7
93 49
Robert Harting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 34

8
65 19
Rūta Meilutytė is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 21

9
91 50
Hanna Melnychenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 35

10
67 21
Marianne Vos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 31

11
110 84
Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
wiabux added age 32

12
59 31
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

13
102 66
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
age 31

14
131 117
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
age 35

15
51 35
Vítězslav Veselý is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added age 35

16
60 13
Jeanette Ottesen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 31

17
61 16
Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 23

18
83 70
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
age 32

19
64 55
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
age 30

20
57 18
Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 21

21
57 19
Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added age 25

22
90 75
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

23
75 64
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

24
81 73
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
age 43

25
83 76
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013