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Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?

Updated April 20, 2020 8.3k votes 721 voters 5.8k views40 items

List RulesWhether 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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    David Beckham
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    David Beckham

    Actor, Athlete

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    TeamA.C. Milan

    PositionMidfielder

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Tony Hawk
    229
    122

    Tony Hawk

    Actor, Film Producer

    BirthplaceCarlsbad, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anthony Frank Hawk (born May 12, 1968) is an American professional skateboarder, actor and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Maria Sharapova
    282
    184

    Maria Sharapova

    Athlete, Model

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Gretchen Bleiler
    101
    45

    Gretchen Bleiler

    Athlete, Snowboarder

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gretchen Elisabeth Bleiler (born April 10, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Tom Brady
    311
    219

    Tom Brady

    American football player

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Noah Syndergaard
    221
    151

    Noah Syndergaard

    Baseball player

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Maxim Burov
    103
    52

    Maxim Burov

  • 8
    Kelly Slater
    216
    153

    Kelly Slater

    Actor, Musician

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Kelly Slater (born February 11, 1972) is an American professional surfer, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Amelia Boone
    118
    68

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  • 10
    Lionel Messi
    260
    207

    Lionel Messi

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina, Spain

    TeamArgentina national football team

    PositionForward

    Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen); born... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Wayne Rooney
    146
    103

    Wayne Rooney

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    TeamManchester United F.C.

    PositionForward

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Mike Trout
    137
    100

    Mike Trout

    Baseball Player

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionCenter fielder

    Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Stephen Curry
    184
    160

    Stephen Curry

    Basketball player

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamGolden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Zlatan Ibrahimović
    69
    47

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    TeamF.C. Internazionale Milano

    PositionForward

    Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    85
    68

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    TeamJuventus

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    LeBron James
    201
    202

    LeBron James

    Basketball Player

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Lakers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward, Point forward

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Sidney Crosby
    113
    106

    Sidney Crosby

    Athlete, Ice Hockey Player

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    TeamPittsburgh Penguins

    PositionCenterman

    Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Jonathan Toews
    87
    85

    Jonathan Toews

    Athlete, Ice Hockey Player

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    TeamChicago Blackhawks

    PositionCenterman

    Jonathan Bryan Toews ( TAYVZ; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Megan Rapinoe
    102
    107

    Megan Rapinoe

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceRedding, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamChicago Red Stars

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Megan Anna Rapinoe ( (listen); born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer player... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Serena Williams
    127
    136

    Serena Williams

    Tennis Player, Fashion Designer

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Damian Lillard
    18
    7

    Damian Lillard

    Basketball player

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamPortland Trail Blazers

    PositionPoint guard

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Drew Brees
    78
    86

    Drew Brees

    Athlete, American football player

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew Orleans Saints

    PositionQuarterback

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Aaron Rodgers
    82
    97

    Aaron Rodgers

    Athlete, American football player

    BirthplaceChico, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamGreen Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Yelena Slesarenko
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  • 25
    Dwyane Wade
    71
    103

    Dwyane Wade

    Basketball player

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamMiami Heat

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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