Current Sports Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?  

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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. 

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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
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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected ...more
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Kelly Slater is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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Tony Hawk is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
mattytak16 added Footballer, Football player, Fashion entrepreneur
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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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
mattytak16 added Actor, Athlete, Model
David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the ...more
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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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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
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Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a seven-time MLB All-Star, ...more
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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Chloe Kim is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Alex Morgan is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Megan Rapinoe is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
voting closed at #22 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
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?
tubearnas added Basketball player
Jonas Valančiūnas (born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Toronto Raptors ...more