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Sportspedia 100 – Year 2020

The Sportspedia 100 - Year 2020

The Class of 2020 of the 100 best sportspeople in the world competed in 39 sports and hail from 34 countries, from every permanently inhabited continent.

Some sports and groups of sports were totally absent due to a total or partial shutdown during the pandemic, and some sportspeople did not compete at all due to travel limits.

Nevertheless, the Class of 2020 saw several historical milestones being achieved and extended. Feel free to click on each photo to know more about these individuals. You can also consult the full list with pictures here.

Revised Edition: On May 22, 2021 we discovered two numerical mistakes in our scoring that have now been corrected directly affecting the following the following results -and by consequence, some others:

1.-Several Bayern München players had not been accounted for some of the team’s records during the season. Some had. This has been corrected, only adjudicating them records in the tournaments where these players participated at least as part of the bench.

2.-There was a scoring mistake in one of Ørjan Larsen’s cells: he had correctly been scored the points for being the most successful Age of Empires Players of all time however this number had not been factored by the number of years the Age of Empires series has existed competitively. The score has now been corrected with a change of about 8 points.

Second revision: During the work for the 2021 list (in 2022) we discovered that the “Carry-ball football” sportspeople had not been correctly accounted. This means that we had left out players from Gaelic Football and Rugby League that are now listed, as well as changing the score for the lone American Football player on the list. This is because we had failed to properly compare the all-time best players within the full category and had only accounted those from gridiron football.The names have been added.

Another blindspot we had was with Ma Long’s score, which also affected other “ball-over-net-with-racquet” sports.

We apologize for these mistakes! This is the first edition. We prefer to correct the list retroactively and be accurate rather than hiding our blind spots!

Rank Sportsperson Sport Nation 1 Points Sex
1 LeBron James Basketball United States of America 88.49125275 Male
2 Novak Djokovic Tennis Serbia 87.43717896 Male
3 Antoni Bou Motorcycling Spain 85.9605 Male
4 Rafael Nadal Tennis Spain 84.61905724 Male
5 Francesco Friedrich Bobsleigh Germany 82.83221331 Male
6 Sue Bird Basketball United States of America 82.19891071 Female
7 Hakuhō Shō Sumo Japan 80.67886755 Male
8 Stephen Cluxton Gaelic Football Ireland 80.54473214 Male
9 Lewis Hamilton Automobilism England, United Kingdom 77.41102941 Male
10 Ireen Wüst Ice Skating Netherlands 76.16811786 Female
11 Mo Farah Athletics England, United Kingdom 75.59731429 Male
12 Amélie Wenger-Reymond Skiing Switzerland 75.58122321 Female
13 Ronnie O’Sullivan Cue sports England, United Kingdom 75.53315 Male
14 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland 75.11135714 Male
15 Sven Kramer Ice Skating Netherlands 74.19311786 Male
16 Mikaël Kingsbury Skiing Canada 73.195025 Male
17 Cristiano Ronaldo Association Football Portugal 72.97857143 Male
18 Kane Waselenchuk Racquetball Canada 72.803 Male
19 Isabell Werth Equestrian Germany 72.20021429 Female
20 Allyson Felix Athletics United States of America 72.10374286 Female
21 Sarah Storey Para Cycling England, United Kingdom 71.94402911 Female
22 Paola Longoria López Racquetball México 71.84409211 Female
23 Frankie Dettori Horse Racing Italy 71.03892857 Male
24 Martina Sáblíková Ice Skating Czechia 70.78311786 Female
25 Jon Jones Mixed Martial Arts United States of America 70.5633 Male
26 Shingo Kunieda Wheelchair Tennis Japan 70.4466 Male
27 Shane Hendrixson Esports United States of America 69.95811951 Male
28 Jason Belmonte Bowling Australia 69.35671429 Male
29 Reginald Bamford Croquet Republic of South Africa 69.30204071 Male
30 Serena WIlliams Tennis United States of America 68.82492437 Female
Mathew Fraser
United States of America
32 Therese Johaug Skiing Norway 67.7361817 Female
33 Adolfo Cambiaso Polo Argentina 67.58107143 Male
34 Pavel Andreev Triathlon Russian Federation 66.93226607 Male
35 Sébastien Ogier Automobilism France 66.77125 Male
Nikola Karabatić
Tom Brady
American Football
United States of America
38 Lionel Messi Association Football Argentina 66.34107143 Male
Ørjan Larsen
Ma Long
Table Tennis
People’s Republic of China
Mike Smith
Horse Racing
United States of America
42 Ben Ainslie Sailing England, United Kingdom 65.42267857 Male
43 Mathieu van der Poel Cycling Netherlands 65.18478985 Male
44 Marie Bochet Para Skiing France 65.16742786 Female
45 Reanne Evans Cue sports England, United Kingdom 65.03551643 Female
46 Khabib Nurmagomedov Mixed Martial Arts Russian Federation 64.9008 Male
47 Felix Loch Luge Germany 64.79612143 Male
48 Manuel Neuer Association Football Germany 64.76607143 Male
49 Emma Bristow Motorcycling England, United Kingdom 64.20731786 Female
50 Boyd Exell Equestrian Australia 64.12266786 Male
51 Tia-Clair Toomey Crossfit Australia 64.050559 Female
52 Robert Lewandowski Association Football Poland 63.96607143 Male
53 Amanda Nunes Mixed Martial Arts Brazil 63.93508571 Female
54 Saúl Álvarez Barragán Boxing México 63.53508571 Male
55 Clarisse Agbegnenou Judo France 63.36071429 Female
56 Diede de Groot Wheelchair Tennis Netherlands 63.2416 Female
57 Dylan Alcott Wheelchair Tennis Australia 63.11052157 Male
58 John Velázquez Horse Racing Puerto Rico 63.08473502 Male
59 Thomas Müller Association Football Germany 63.00535714 Male
60 Joshua Kimmich Association Football Germany 62.86607143 Male
61 Diana Taurasi Basketball United States of America 62.85845617 Female
62 Thorsten Margis Bobsleigh Germany 62.69481071 Male
63 Brian McKeever Para Skiing Canada 62.672785 Male
64 Tiger Woods Golf United States of America 62.58153571 Male
65 Mike Bryan Tennis United States of America 62.82207143 Male
66 Julien Ingrassia Automobilism France 62.47125 Male
67 Scott Dixon Automobilism New Zealand 62.4375 Male
68 Magnus Carlsen Chess Norway 62.22511343 Male
69 Karsten Warholm Athletics Norway 62.15964286 Male
70 Carl-Antoni Cloutier Esports Canada 62.1213308 Male
71 Yui Kamiji Wheelchair Tennis Japan 62.11988054 Female
72 Lucy Ejike Para Powerlifting Nigeria 61.95337893 Female
73 Katie Taylor Boxing Ireland 61.69177857 Female
74 Kinglsey Coman Association Football France 61.56607143 Male
75 Esteban Gaubeka Mendizabal Basque Pelota Spain 61.50022143 Male
76 Martins Dukurs Skeleton Latvia 61.48989643 Male
77 Thomas Chareyre Motorcycling France 61.43253571 Male
78 Kristian Nergaard Sailing Norway 61.33973571 Male
79 Alphonso Davies Association Football Canada 61.2667143 Male
80 Peter Gilchrist Cue sports Singapore 61.10812143 Male
81 Johannes Høsflot Klæbo Skiing Norway 61.0533724 Male
82 Armel Le Cléac’h Sailing France 61.02375 Male
83 Christian Taylor Athletics United States of America 60.91624286 Male
84 Serge Gnabry Association Football Germany 60.79299451 Male
85 Jonathan Rea Motorcycling Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 60.73207143 Male
Robert Fulford
England, United Kingdom
Michael van Gerwen Darts Netherlands 60.55978135 Male
88 David Alaba Association Football Austria 60.49299451 Male
89 Anna van der Breggen Cycling Netherlands 60.46492143 Female
90 Leon Goretzka Association Football Germany 60.3667143 Male
91 Alex Marshall Bowls Scotland, United Kingdom 60.22424286 Male
92 Jérôme Boateng Association Football Germany 60.0667143 Male
Corentin Tolisso
Kevin McManamon
Association Football
Gaelic Football
95 Teddy Riner Judo Guadeloupe, France 59.72321429 Male
96 Iñaki Osa Goikoetxea Basque Pelota Spain 59.6801139 Male
97 Timothy Cheruiyot
98 David Wagner
Wheelchair Tennis
United States of America
99 Niklas Süle
Association Football
Bob Bryan
United States of America
101 Meg Lanning Cricket Australia 59.03741107 Male
102 Javier Martínez Association Football Spain 58.91607143 Male
103 Benjamin Pavard Association Football France 58.86607143 Male
104 Joshua Cheptegei Athletics Uganda 58.40124286 Male
105 Valentina Shevchenko Mixed Martial Arts Kyrgyzstan and Perú 58.3891 Female
106 Noah Lyles Athletics United States of America 58.34964286 Male
Cédric Sorhaindo
Cameron Smith
Rugby League
109 Daniil Ivanov Motorcycling Russian Federation 57.37076429 Male
110 Javier Urriza Basque Pelota Spain 57.30522143 Male
111 Jarl Magnus Riiber Skiing Norway 56.933275 Male
112 Thiago Alcântara Association Football Spain 56.92970779 Male
113 Ibeth Zamora Silva Boxing México 56.85526429 Female
114 Stipe Miocic Mixed Martial Arts United States of America 56.4633 Male