The sporting world is always an incredibly dynamic and exciting field to watch; every year represents a new chapter in the legacy of major sports teams across the globe, with new players breaking out and showing eager fans what they’re capable of. Every professional sport has its star players, however, and it’s enjoyable as a fan to watch their careers progress. Here are some of the biggest superstar athletes in major sports today.
Rory McIlroy: Golfing
Just a few years ago, no one would have suspected that Rory McIlroy would become the number one golfer in the world, but here we are. At only 31 years old, he has taken the golfing world by storm. With many upcoming golfing majors on the horizon, he has a busy 2020 ahead of him. He is expected to sweep the later season majors, and according to Oddschecker, is the +750 favorite to win the US Masters this November.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Basketball
Antetokounmpo’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. At only 25 years old, he has taken the NBA world by storm and proven that he can compete on every level in this league. In the 2016-2017 season, he led his team in every major statistical category from total points, assists, rebounds and more. He began his NBA career at the age of 18 and has since risen to be one of the best players in the entire sport. With Antetokounmpo leading the Milwaukee Bucks, they have become the top team by win percentage and analysts would say this young player is hungry for a championship.
Gerrit Cole: Baseball
As long as the sport of baseball continues, the Yankees will always be a legacy team with leagues of fans and droves of cash to spend on the best players. By all accounts, Yankees player Gerrit Cole is the best pitcher in the sport. Known for his 100 mph fast-ball pitch that strikes out batters left and right, he is by any measure an exceptional athlete. Hopefully the Yankee’s management are pleased with his groundbreaking $324 million dollar contract. As of now, the Yankees are practicing and preparing for the upcoming season.
Jon Jones: Mixed Martial Arts
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Jones is by any account a superstar of MMA. Everything he does makes news and has analysts discussing him over podcasts. The bottom line is, Jones is the #1 fighter in the world right now. Discounting one disqualification, Jones is undefeated across his 27-fight career and has held the light heavyweight title for almost a decade. No stranger to adversity, Jones has even discussed moving up to the heavyweight division to become a two-weight champion, something only three other fighters have done in the UFC.
Patrick Mahomes: NFL Football
The NFL is home to some of the most talented athletes in the world. With many exceptional quarterbacks in the game today, it’s hard to pick one that is truly the best. By any measure, Mahomes has risen to the top of the sport and become a superstar with the talent to back it up. After winning the Super Bowl with his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, all eyes are on him and the Chiefs’ offense for this upcoming season. Mahomes is known for his ability to make plays out of tight situations and has a strong arm to utilize the deep ball threat.
Connor McDavid: Hockey
Connor McDavid has been called a generational talent. He is compared to legends like Wayne Gretzky and so far he is worthy of the sentiment. Three years ago, he joined the NHL when he was drafted by the Oilers and signed to an historic $100 million dollar deal. His skills on the ice are unmatched for a player of his experience level, and he constantly shows that he has the tenacity and grit needed to play this physical sport. Being as young as he is at only 23, he seemingly has years left in his career and will continue to be a massive star in his chosen sport of ice hockey.