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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207 99
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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2
105 57
Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Yelena Isinbayeva age 35

3
98 51
Christina Obergföll is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Christina Obergföll age 36

4
88 44
Bohdan Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Bohdan Bondarenko age 28

5
100 55
Svetlana Shkolina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Svetlana Shkolina age 31

6
68 21
Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Sebastian Vettel age 30

7
92 49
Robert Harting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Robert Harting age 33

8
64 19
Rūta Meilutytė is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Rūta Meilutytė age 20

9
90 50
Hanna Melnychenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Hanna Melnychenko age 34

10
66 21
Marianne Vos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Marianne Vos age 30

11
109 84
Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
wiabux added Usain Bolt age 31

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

13
101 66
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Lionel Messi age 30

14
51 35
Vítězslav Veselý is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Boqueman added Vítězslav Veselý age 34

15
130 117
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
LeBron James age 33

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16
59 13
Jeanette Ottesen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Jeanette Ottesen Gray age 30

17
61 16
Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Missy Franklin age 22

18
82 70
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Rafael Nadal age 31

19
64 55
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Patrick Kane age 29

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

21
56 19
Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Uzbene added Sarah Sjöström age 24

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
David Ortiz age 42

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

26
75 104
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Tiger Woods age 42

27
71 85
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

28
45 15
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Max Scherzer age 33

29
65 54
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

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30
53 61
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
taranalexander added Floyd Mayweather Jr. age 40

31
47 31
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Andrew Luck age 28

32
60 59
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

33
98 129
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

34
35 24
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
gamedemon24 added Jimmie Johnson age 42

35
28 14
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Luke Kuechly age 26

36
63 64
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Gareth Bale age 28

37
51 52
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

38
61 55
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

39
11 4
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Cardinals4eva added Mike Trout age 26

40
44 54
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Trey Burke age 23

41
35 48
Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

42
49 54
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Chris Paul age 32

43
8 6
Yasiel Puig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Cardinals4eva added Yasiel Puig age 27

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44
45 55
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

45
46 59
Georges St-Pierre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013

46
38 50
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Xavi age 37

47
4 8
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
Kevin Durant age 29

48
18 25
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
NicholasPascarello added Alexander Ovechkin age 32

49
2 5
Matt Kenseth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013
gamedemon24 added Matt Kenseth age 45

50
23 50
Michael Cuddyer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Athletes of 2013