Best Athletes of the 2010s

The 10 Most Dominate Athletes Of The 2010s

These are the athletes that have dominated their sports more than anyone in the 2010s.

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Sports figures are everywhere nowadays. They are plastered all over the media and all over advertisements. These athletes on this list are something else. These athletes have consistently been the best at what they do. These athletes have been dominating for years and as the last year of the 2010s its time to take a look at who was the most dominant athletes at their sport and their position. From Buster Posey to Tom Brady, these are ten athletes who have been the most dominant throughout the 2010s.

10. Buster Posy

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Who's Buster Posey you say? Buster Posey is a catcher for the San Francisco Giants in the MLB and one of the most dominant catchers of all time. Ever since entering the MLB, Buster Posey, he's been in six all-star games, one MVP award, gold glove winner, three-time World Series winner. The list goes on, for a catcher to do this is rare.

9. Steph Curry

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There is no better shooter of all time than Steph Curry. Steph Curry came into mainstream basketball in the mid-2010s after capturing his second all-star appearance, first of two MVP awards, and one of three NBA championships. What a great resume, but what makes Steph Curry dominate, is his shooting. There is no better shooter in the NBA at the moment not will there be a better shooter than Steph Curry.

8. LIonel Messi

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He has been dominate since the mid-2000s, but he carries his dominance into the 2010s for sure. The soccer player from Argentina has racked up numerous records in the decade. He has won a record-tying five Balloon d'Or trophies for the best soccer player. He also holds records for most goals for Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Even in his thirties, he's not going to stop.

7. Simone Biles

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She hasn't been around that long compared to other athletes on this list, but the way she performed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. There is no way she cannot be on this list. The way she dominated her competition in gymnastics was like no other. She ended up going gold in four out of the five competitions she was in. Talk about dominant!

6. J.J. Watt

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There is no other destructive defensive player in this decade than JJ Watt who has shown to be an all-time great. He has been riddled with injuries in the past couple of years, but when he is at his full he is the best. He is a multiple time pro bowler, all-pro, and has taken home NFL's best defensive player of the year, three times. He's only one of two players to do so, but he did that in a span of four years.

5. Roger Federer

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Roger Federer wasn't as dominant as he was in the 2000s, but he deserves to be on this list. Roger Federer has been around in the Sport of tennis for years now, but his dominance to the sport still continues. From collecting a medal in the 2012 Olympics to winning five grand slams over this decade. There's nothing this man can do and will continue to do in the future.

4. Michael Phelps

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There is no other dominate Olympian ever than Michael Phelps. Throughout this decade he has collected nine gold medals and a total of fourteen medals overall. He holds several Olympic records that still stand. The way he dominated his competition and broke records like they were nothing but amazing. There will never be another Olympian and athlete like Michael Phelps.

3. Serena Williams

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No other woman has been more dominant in a sport than Serena Williams. Ever since 2010, she has won thirteen Grand Slams. She has consistently been number one in the rankings for women's tennis. She is also the most winning tennis player and most earning female tennis player of all-time. She is a great role model and someone who will continue to dominate in tennis.

2. Tom Brady

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No other player has won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady has, SIX! That's right six Super Bowl wins. That stat alone is amazing and he also has three MVP awards, most wins of a quarterback, and the consistency Tom Brady and the Patriots have been for a while. Tom Brady is the best NFL quarterback and arguably player of all time.

1. Lebron James

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No other player has dominated the sport that Lebron James has. From going to the NBA finals seven years in a row, to being in the all-star game every year of this decade. Also, don't forget the three NBA championships under his belt. Lebron James is the greatest basketball player of all time. The way he can play defense, pass the ball, and score points is like no other player I have ever seen.

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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