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Who Is the Coolest Athlete in the World Right Now?

Updated April 20, 2020 8.7k votes 744 voters 5.9k 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 Beckham1
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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
  • Tony Hawk2
    238
    129

    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

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  • Maria Sharapova3
    289
    192

    Maria Sharapova

    Athlete, Model

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə...  more
  • Tom Brady4
    318
    228

    Tom Brady

    American football player

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Mateo

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamTampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

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

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  • Gretchen Bleiler5
    107
    54

    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
  • Noah Syndergaard6
    222
    161

    Noah Syndergaard

    Baseball player

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    TeamNew York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional...  more
  • Kelly Slater7
    220
    160

    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

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  • Maxim Burov8
    106
    60

    Maxim Burov

  • Lionel Messi9
    271
    209

    Lionel Messi

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalitySpain, Argentina

    TeamArgentina national football team

    PositionForward

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

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  • Amelia Boone10
    120
    75

    Amelia Boone

  • Wayne Rooney11
    150
    111

    Wayne Rooney

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    TeamManchester United F.C.

    PositionForward

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for...  more
  • Mike Trout12
    142
    105

    Mike Trout

    Baseball Player

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    NationalityAmerican

    TeamLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionCenter fielder

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

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  • Stephen Curry13
    191
    166

    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
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović14
    75
    50

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    TeamF.C. Internazionale Milano

    PositionForward

    Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan...  more
  • Cristiano Ronaldo15
    92
    72

    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
  • LeBron James16
    210
    208

    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

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  • Sidney Crosby17
    116
    111

    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

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  • Serena Williams18
    134
    143

    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

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  • Jonathan Toews19
    89
    89

    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

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  • Megan Rapinoe20
    105
    111

    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

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  • Damian Lillard21
    21
    11

    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

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  • Drew Brees22
    80
    91

    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

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  • Aaron Rodgers23
    83
    103

    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

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  • Yelena Slesarenko24
    Yelena Vladimirovna Slesarenko, née Sivushenko (Russian: Елена Владимировна Слесаренко, born...  more
  • Alex Morgan25
    96
    138

    Alex Morgan

    Footballer, Football player

    BirthplaceDiamond Bar, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    PositionForward

    Alexandra Morgan Carrasco (born Alexandra Patricia Morgan; July 2, 1989) is an American...  more

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