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The Fittest 50 Men (Sports Illustrated, 2017)

Who is the fittest male athlete in sports? A panel of experts was recruited by the magazine Sports Illustrated to list who they consider the current fittest athletes in sports in 2017 - what they called the "Fittest 50".

Athletes were considered based on performances in the previous 12 months, and factoring the demands and risks of their respective sports, training regimens, longevity and physical benchmarks, including: speed, strength, endurance, agility, flexibility and power.

In the male category, they have footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at the top, for the females it was gymnast Simone Biles (see the 2017 female list). Sports Illustrated have also created similar lists in 2014, 2016 and 2019. The website Health Fitness Revolution made a similar fittest athlete list for 2017, and placed Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps at the top.

See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top 25 Fittest Men

Here are the top-20 of the SI Fittest 50 men.

rank Name Sport
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Football (Soccer)
2 LeBron James Basketball
3 Roger Federer Tennis
4 Mat Fraser CrossFit
5 James Harrison American Football
6 Odell Beckham Jr. American Football
7 Russell Westbrook Basketball
8 Wayde Van Niekerk Track and Field
9 Conor McGregor MMA
10 Jordan Burroughs Wrestling
11 Gennady Golovkin Boxing
12 Chris Froome Cycling
13 Alex Honnold Rock Climber
14 Kieran Read Rugby
15 Demetrious Johnson MMA
16 Giancarlo Stanton Baseball
17 Carlin Isles Rugby
18 Julio Jones American Football
19 Mike Trout Baseball
20 Scott Jurek Ultra-Marathon

Source: Sports Illustrated online:

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