The Fittest 50 Men (Sports Illustrated, 2019)

Who is the fittest male athlete in sports? The magazine Sports Illustrated (SI) put together a list of who they consider the current fittest athletes in sports in 2018 (the list was published in January 2019). Sports Illustrated have also created similar lists in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

With the help of a panel of experts recruited by SI, athletes were selected based on their performances over the previous 12 months; the factors they considered included the demands and risks of their respective sports; durability; training regimens; and other physical criteria including power, speed, strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and more.​

This latest list of the fittest 50 only listed 25 men and 25 women, previously there were 50 of each. See the list of the Fittest 50 Women for 2018. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top-20 Fittest Men of 2018

Here are the top-20 of the SI Fittest 25, according to Sports Illustrated. Top of the list was NFL player Saquon Barkley.

rank Name Sport
1 Saquon Barkley American Football
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Football (Soccer)
3 Giannis Antetokounmpo Basketball
4 Novak Djokovic Tennis
5 Kevin Mayer Track and Field (Decathlon)
6 Mat Fraser CrossFit
7 LeBron James Basketball
8 Jordan Burroughs Wrestling
9 Conor McGregor MMA
10 Canelo Álvarez Boxing
11 Aaron Donald American Football
12 Luka Modrić Football (Soccer)
13 Russell Westbrook Basketball
14 Patrick Lange Triathlon
15 Tommy Caldwell Rock Climbing
16 Kjeld Nuis Speed Skating
17 Giancarlo Stanton Baseball
18 Patrick Mahomes American Football
19 Hamish Bond Rowing
20 Connor McDavid Ice Hockey

Source: Sports Illustrated online, https://www.si.com/edge/2019/fittest-50-2019 (9 Jan 2019)

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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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