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 tensions are high, which athletes can 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, have been making big plays when their teams needed it the most. But who is the most clutch athlete in sports?

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 have proved to be the most clutch players?

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.


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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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With six Super Bowl victories under his belt, Tom Brady is one of the best postseason performers in league history. Seemingly untouched by pressure, Brady focuses on what he can control and the game-plan that his coaches put in action, helping him avoid distractions. 

Even as he gets up there in age, Brady is still the quarterback you'd want to have the ball when the game was on the line.

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today
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He might just be a kicker, but Adam Vinatieri might be one of the most feared players an opposing NFL team can see on the field when the clock is winding down and a field goal to win is on the line.

That's because he has shown to have a clutch gene like few others, knocking in multiple winning kicks on the biggest stages like playoff games and, more importantly, the Super Bowl, when time was running out.

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