The Best of 2018 Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?  

Ranker Sports
1.4k votes 172 voters 1.4k views 31 items

List Rules Whether it's their sense of style, relaxed demeanor, or personality, who do you think are the coolest athletes right now?

Determining the coolest athletes in the world right now can be pretty subjective, but we all have a general idea of cool, and we all have an idea of who we think is cool. So, when it comes to athletes and the sports world in general, everyone can think of a certain player or star who exudes coolness. Whether they have a nice sense of fashion off the court (perhaps making GQ's coolest list) or just have that who-cares attitude when they're competing, some athletes are just naturally cool. 

Who should make this list of cool athletes? NBA star Russell Westbrook has long been a leader in style among fellow players, while baseball players like Charlie Blackmon and his beard (plus the fact he still drives his Jeep from high school) are pretty cool. Then you have one of soccer's coolest players, Lionel Messi, who can be considered quite the cool guy with his lack of flopping and overall mellow attitude on and off the field. Or how about speedster Usain Bolt? Ever seen him fist bump that guy before a big race? Very cool. 

Are these some of the coolest athletes out right now? Check out the list below for more rad people from sports and vote up those who you think are simply the coolest current athletes. You can also feel free to add your own choices to the list. 

list ordered by

1
56 36
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Footballer, Football player 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

2
50 45
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, Television producer, Voice acting 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

3
35 29
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, Model, Tennis player 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

4
38 36
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Basketball player 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

5
26 24
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Noah Seth Syndergaard, nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the first round of ...more

6
31 30
Kelly Slater is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Actor, Musician, Film Producer Robert Kelly Slater is a Floridian professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. He has been crowned ASP World Tour Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles ...more

7
42 43
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
American football player 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

8
27 29
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Tennis Player, Fashion Designer, Fashion designer 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

9
21 24
Megan Rapinoe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Footballer, Football player 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

10
23 28
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Basketball player Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in West ...more

11
16 21
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Michael Nelson "Mike" Trout is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. Trout is an American League Most ...more

12
20 27
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, American football player Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Rodgers played college football for California, where he set several career ...more

13
29 39
Alex Morgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
pnd5 added Footballer, Football player 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

14
19 26
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Basketball player 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

15
19 26
Chloe Kim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Chloe Kim (born April 23, 2000) is an American snowboarder. She is a 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist, four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding ...more

16
20 29
Tony Hawk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Actor, Film Producer, Radio personality Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk, nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his ...more

17
13 20
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Footballer, Football player, Soccer Player Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has ...more

18
20 30
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, Ice Hockey Player, Ice hockey player 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

19
14 22
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Basketball player Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

20
16 26
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, American football player Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was ...more

21
19 31
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
American football player Robert James "Rob" Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University ...more

22
11 20
Bubba Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Golfer Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson, Jr. is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. One of the few left-handed golfers on tour, he is a multiple major champion, having won ...more

23
10 20
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, Ice Hockey Player, Ice hockey player Jonathan Bryan Toews is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Toews was selected by the Blackhawks ...more

24
9 19
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
BeastMaster1 added Golfer Dustin Hunter Johnson is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. He is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been third in the driving distance stats ...more

25
10 22
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Athlete, American football player Cameron Jerrell "Cam" Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football for the Auburn Tigers in Alabama ...more

26
5 15
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
tubearnas added Basketball player Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He is a member of the Lithuanian national ...more

27
17 33
Charlie Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Baseball player Charles Cobb Blackmon is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

28
6 17
Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Baseball player Marcus Earl Stroman is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He is listed at 180 lbs and is 5' 8" tall, making him one of only 6 ...more

29
9 22
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Baseball player Andrew Stefan McCutchen, nicknamed "Cutch" is an American baseball center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. McCutchen was drafted by the Pirates in the first ...more

30
9 22
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
pnd5 added Donovan Corey Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville ...more

31
10 28
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Deadabber21 added Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with ...more