Current Sports The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today  

Nick Dimengo
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List Rules Current athletes competing in professional leagues only. No college players or retired athletes.

When the score is tight and tension is high, which athletes in 2016-2017 rise to the occasion and use the opportunity to show that they have that clutch gene other players don't? Which quarterbacks, point guards, and goalies do you want out there when the game is on the line? These clutch athletes, from many different sports, are making big plays when their teams need it the most. But who is the most clutch athlete in sports today?

These clutch players currently the best in their leagues, with a few that might surprise you. What makes a clutch athlete? It's those game-winning three pointers, big defensive plays, and "just when we needed it" goals that earned these athletes a spot ranked here. Is Dirk Nowitzki still clutch? What about Tom Brady? Or do you think younger athletes like Damian Lillard are proving to be the most clutch players today?

One thing's for sure, these athletes have proven to have ice in their veins and are unafraid of putting it all on the line all for the sake of winning a game, set, or match. Vote up the athletes and sports stars you think are most clutch below, or add the guy or girl you'd turn to in the fourth quarter if they aren't already listed (and be sure to offer some examples to prove they deserve to be considered clutch!).

Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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Whether it's clutch free kicks for Real Madrid, huge goals at any point during the game, or doing his goal scoring thing during the World Cup, there are few who can stop Ronaldo when he's on a roll.

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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Although Novak Djokovic doesn't win every single match he competes in, he's not too far off. That's because the Serbian tennis player seems to always put himself in a position to win, running off a streak that saw him make 14 straight semifinal appearances in Grand Slams.

While that streak ended in early 2014, that doesn't take anything away from the seven-time Grand Slam winner.

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Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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When you win two of a year's four majors, that typically means that you're pretty dann clutch. In the case of golfer Rory McIlroy, that's the distinction he has earned thanks to climbing up the world rankings and showing that he has what it takes to maintain his spot atop the most feared players at any tournament.

McIlroy has done just that to capture four majors in his young career.

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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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