Fans vote for the most talented sportsman at every age from 18-35


Spanish newspaper Marca have attempted to entertain sports fans by conducting a rather interesting vote this week.

With pretty much all sport cancelled for the foreseeable future, Marca decided to generate some interest by asking fans to vote for the most talented sportsman at every age from 18-35.

They provided a few candidates from a variety of sports in each age category with every year group receiving more than 50,000 votes.

Of course, with it coming from a Spanish source, there may be a few names us British fans are not too familiar with.

So, let’s take a look at the results at each age-group:

18 years old

1st - Usman Garuba (Basketball) - 43%
2nd - Reinier (Football) - 21%
3rd - Jannik Sinner (Tennis) - 18%
=3rd - Lee Kang-in (Football) - 18%

Spanish basketball player Usman Garuba represents Real Madrid as a centre, standing at 6 ft 8 in. Last year at just 17, he became the youngest player to start for Real Madrid. He was named the MVP in the 2016 under 16 European Championship at just 14. He's set to conquer the NBA in the coming years.

19 years old

1st - Erling Haaland (Football) - 63%
2nd - Jadon Sancho (Football) - 31%
3rd - Coby White (Basketball) - 4%
4th - Felix Auger Aliassime (Tennis) - 2%

Erling Haaland beats Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho to top-spot. He’s scored 40 goals in 33 appearances this season and appears destined for greatness.

20 years old

1st - Joao Felix (Football) - 37%
2nd - Fabio Quartararo (Motorcycle) - 30%
3rd - Armand Duplantis (Pole-vaulter) - 18%
4th - Remco Evenepoel (Cycling) - 15%

Joao Felix may not have had the best starts to his Atletico Madrid career but the youngster is the third most expensive player in football history, costing a crazy £113 million in the summer of 2019.

21 years old

1st - Luka Doncic (Basketball) - 59%
2nd - Kylian Mbappe (Football) - 37%
3rd - Stefanos Tsitsipas (Tennis) - 2%
4th - Tadej Pogacar (Cycling) - 1%
=4th - Juan Miguel Echevarria (Long jump) - 1%

Doncic must be talented to beat the incredible Mbappe. The Slovenian professional basketball plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He earned the Rookie of the Year for the 2018/19 season and was also selected to play in the NBA All-Star game.

22 years old

1st - Max Verstappen (Formula One) - 42%
2nd - Alexander Zverev (Tennis) - 31%
3rd - Frenkie De Jong (Football) - 22%
4th - Noah Lyles (Track and field) - 5%

Aged 17 in 2015, Verstappen became the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1. A year later, the Dutchman became the youngest ever winner of a Grand Prix, winning the Spanish GP. Racing for Red Bull Racing-Honda, he now has eight wins and 31 podiums to his name.


23 years old

1st - Egan Bernal (Cycling) - 46%
2nd - Dele Alli (Football) - 27%
3rd - Caeleb Dressel (Swimming) - 22%
4th - Matteo Berrettini (Tennis) - 5%

The winner of the 2019 Tour de France, despite Team Sky using him to support lead rider, Geraint Thomas. The Colombian became the third youngest ever winner of the Tour.

24 years old

1st - Daniil Medvedev (Tennis) - 44%
2nd - Christian Coleman (Track and field) - 34%
3rd - Joshua Kimmich (Football) - 18%
4th - Karsten Warholm (Track and field) - 4%

Medvedev is ranked world No.5 and has seven career titles to his name. He reached the final of the US Open in 2019 but lost in four sets to Rafa Nadal.

25 years old

1st - Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball) - 66%
2nd - Jon Rahm (Golf) - 10%
=2nd - Raheem Sterling (Football) - 10%
4th - Carlos Sainz Jr. (Formula One) - 9%
5th - Mathieu van der Poel (Cycling) - 5%

The 6 ft 11 in Greek basketball player represents the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. In June 2019, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player and has played four times in the NBA All-Star game.

26 years old

1st - Jan Oblak (Football) - 58%
2nd - Anthony Davis (Basketball) - 29%
3rd - Dominic Thiem (Tennis) - 11%
4th - Richard Carapaz (Cycling) - 2%

Jan Oblak showed everyone why he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his performance against Liverpool in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

27 years old

1st - Marc Marquez (Motorcycle) - 84%
2nd - Mohamed Salah (Football) - 12%
3rd - Julian Alaphilippe (Cycling) - 2%
4th - Rickie Fowler (Golf) - 1%
=4th - Pieter-Steph du Toit (Rugby) - 1%

Marc Marquez is one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all-time with eight Grand Prix world championships to his name. He won the 27-year-old category with ease, with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in second.


28 years old

1st - Kawhi Leonard (Basketball) - 45%
2nd - Virgil van Dijk (Football) - 35%
3rd - Orlando Ortega (Track and field) - 8%
4th - Antoine Griezmann (Football) - 7%
5th - Beauden Barrett (Rugby) - 5%

Leonard led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA Championship in 2014, where he was named the Finals MVP. In 2019, he did the same with Toronto Raptors, helping them win their first ever NBA championship as he picked up the Finals MVP again.

29 years old

1st - Canelo Alvarez (Boxing) - 30%
2nd - Magnus Carlsen (Chess) - 24%
3rd - Ricky Rubio (Basketball) - 23%
4th - Eden Hazard (Football) - 20%
5th - Brooks Koepka (Golf) - 3%

Regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Canelo is a four-division world champion with a 53-2-1 record. He beat chess player, Magnus Carlsen to top-spot - is chess even a sport!?

30 years old

1st - James Harden (Basketball) - 62%
2nd - Peter Sagan (Cycling) - 16%
3rd - Nairo Quintana (Cycling) - 11%
4th - Rory McIlroy (Golf) - 8%
5th - Primoz Roglic (Cycling) - 3%

Harden plays for the Houston Rockets and is an eight-time NBA All-Star and has earned All-NBA Team honours six times. He also won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup for the United States national basketball team.

31 years old

1st - Steph Curry (Basketball) - 50%
2nd - Conor McGregor (UFC) - 25%
3rd - Kevin Durant (Basketball) - 19%
4th - Tyson Fury (Boxing) - 6%

One of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen. Curry is a six-time NBA All-Star, has been named the NBA MVP twice and won three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors.

32 years old

1st - Lionel Messi (Football) - 87%
2nd - Novak Djokovic (Tennis) - 10%
3rd - Mikkel Hansen (Handball) - 2%
4th - Sebastian Vettel (Formula One) - 1%

It’s a landslide for the greatest player to have ever played football - Lionel Messi. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner beats Novak Djokovic, who is one of the greatest to have ever played tennis.


33 years old

1st - Rafa Nadal (Tennis) - 92%
2nd - Sergio Ramos (Football) - 6%
3rd - Andrea Dovizioso (Motorcycle) - 1%
=3rd - Bauke Mollema (Cycling) - 1%

Nadal is the current world No.2 has won 19 Grand Slams - just one behind the all-time record set by Roger Federer. The Spaniard has won a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.

34 years old

1st - Luka Modric (Football) - 62%
2nd - Stan Wawrinka (Tennis) - 15%
3rd - Alun Wyn Jones (Rugby) - 13%
4th - Webb Simpson (Golf) - 10%

Luka Modric is past his best in terms of his football ability but his career will be remembered for breaking the Cristiano Ronaldo/Messi Ballon d’Or duopoly by winning the award in 2018. The Real Madrid midfielder beats three-time Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka.

35 years old

1st - LeBron James (Basketball) - 55%
2nd - Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) - 29%
3rd - Lewis Hamilton (Formula One) - 11%
4th - Eliud Kipchoge (Runner) - 5%

Without a doubt, the most competitive age category. LeBron James, who has won three NBA championships, four MVP's, three Finals MVP's, and two Olympic gold medals claims top spot. In second is five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of the greatest footballers of all-time, Cristiano Ronaldo. Six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, is third with the only person to run a sub-two hour marathon, Eliud Kipchoge in fourth.

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