The 50 Fittest Men (Sports Illustrated, 2014)

Who are the fittest athletes in sports? The magazine Sports Illustrated has put together its first ever list of who they consider the current fittest male and female athletes in sports (in 2014). The Sports Illustrated's editors and writers used a 40-point rating system based on four unique criteria, speed, strength, agility and endurance. Each category was based on a scale of 0-10, so a perfect score is 40.

The male athlete to top this list, Basketball player LeBron James, scored a perfect 10 in all four criteria. A few months later, a list of the fittest 50 women in sports was published. In the women's list, the highest rated in each fitness category (speed, strength, agility, endurance) was listed. Sports Illustrated have also created similar lists in 2016, 2017 and 2019. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top 20 Fittest Men

The top-20 of the SI Fittest 50 is listed below. The top 50 included athletes from 14 different sports, including 17 footballers. There are two tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are in 20th and 31st place respectively.

rank Name Sport Speed Strength Agility Endurance total
1 LeBron James Basketball 10 10 10 10 40
2 Christiano Ronaldo Football (Soccer) 10 8.5 10 10 38.5
3 Usain Bolt Track & Field 10 9 8.5 9 36.5
4 Floyd Mayweather Boxing 9 8 10 9 36
5 Dez Bryant American Football 9 9 8.5 8.5 35
6 Calvin Johnson American Football 9 9 8.5 8 34.5
7 Serge Ibaka Basketball 7.5 9.5 8.5 8.5 34
8 Adrian Peterson American Football 8.5 9 9 7 33.5
9 Jon Jones MMA 7 10 8 8 33
10 Michael Phelps Swimming 9 7 8 9 33
11 Jimmy Graham American Football 7 9 8 8 32
12 Marquise Goodwin Track & Field 9 5 9 9 32
13 Vernon Davis American Football 8.5 8.5 6.5 7.5 31
14 Blake Griffin Basketball 7 8 7.5 7.5 30
15 LaRon Landry American Football 8 9 6.5 6 29.5
16 Larry Fitzgerald American Football 8 6.5 8 7 29.5
17 Marshawn Lynch American Football 7 9 6.5 6.5 29
18 Rob Gronkowski American Football 7 9 7 6 29
19 Ashton Eaton Track & Field 6 7 8 8 29
20 Rafael Nadal Tennis 7 5.5 8 8 28.5

Source: Published on Sports Illustrated online, August 2014

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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