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The Fittest 50 Men (Sports Illustrated, 2020)

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 2020). Sports Illustrated have also created similar lists in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

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 2020. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top-20 Fittest Men of 2020

Here are the top-20 of the SI Fittest 25, according to Sports Illustrated. Top of the list was NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

rank Name Sport/Team
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
2 Novak Djokovic ATP Tennis
3 Mat Fraser CrossFit
4 Canelo Álvarez Boxing
5 Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus
6 Christian Coleman Track and Field
7 Jon Jones UFC
8 Jordan Burroughs Wrestling
9 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
10 Caeleb Dressel Swimming
11 Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans
12 Rafael Nadal ATP Tennis
13 Conor McGregor UFC
14 Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
15 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
16 Jimmy Butler Miami Heat
17 Kílian Jornet Ultrarunning
18 Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams
19 Italo Ferreira Surfing
20 Jim Walmsley Ultrarunning


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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. The best of the best have made it to our 7 Sporting Wonders Lists.

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