When it comes to sports, there is definitely no shortage of talents. Look around and you will see that many of the world's top players have not even reached their 30's and yet they have been on top of their career in the respective sports. Take a look at some of them.


Nathan MacKinnon, 19

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This NHL player is the center of Colorado Avalanche. He was the first overall 2013 NHL draft and considered to be one of the best NHL prospects in years. He certainly proved this to people when he won the 2013 Memorial Cup and Stafford Smythe MVP award. He also won the NHL's Calder award as rookie of the year when he led the Colorado Avalanche to playoffs which hasn't happen since 2010. MacKinnon is someone to look for in NHL as he has a potential to be one of the best hockey players of NHL.

Neymar, 22

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Sure there are greater players than Neymar but this 22-year old professional football player is already the Brazil's national team captain at a young age and become No. 16 highest-paid athlete in the world. He also won the Confederations Cup with his national team, Brazil and Spain's Supercopa with his club team Barcelona. In the previous world cup he scored four goals.

Jamie Anderson, 24

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Jamie is a professional snowboarder with more than just a face to brag. She is the youngest ever female X Games medalist. She gained huge fame and success when she won the gold medal in 2014 Winter Olympics' held in Sochi, Russia.

James Harden, 25

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Who would have thought that James Harden was once an asthmatic, undersized boy in his high school? With a little help from Scott Pera, Harden became one of the sought-after recruits by the time he left high school. He started his career in NBA after he was drafted as third overall in 2009 by the Oklahoma City Thunder. By 2012 he gained the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award and currently at age 25, he is the franchise's cornerstone player of Houston Rockets.

J.J. Watt, 25

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This former No. 11 NFL draft has picked up two Pro Bowl selections and gained the 2012 defensive player of the year. In September 2014, he signed a six-year, $100 million extension in Houston which is a record deal for a defensive player.

Clayton Kershaw, 26

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Kershaw is the starting pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He became a pro MLB player when he was drafted No. 7 overall way back in 2006. He has won three Cy Young awards and an NL MVP award which made him the first pitcher to won since Bob Gibson in 1968.

Lionel Messi, 27

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Lionel Messi's once-in-a-generation ability can't be denied. Though his past year wasn't fully fit, he still managed to drag Argentina in the latter stages of world cup. Messi is a four times World Player of the Year. His ability in football has been unmatched and most people are mesmerized how his skills and pace are incomparable as if the ball is glued to his feet. These and many more make him one of the world's best football players. Lionel Messi is just 27 and there are still many years left for him to play football. Now that's a scary thought for Barcelona opponents.

Novak Djokovic, 27

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Djokovic lifelong dream, of becoming the No. 1 player on the ATP World Tour has been fulfilled not only once but thrice when he became No. 1 in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He started his pro debut at age 16 and since then he has been working hard to achieve his goals. He won grand slams for seven times and he was also a seven times grand slam runner-up.

Jon Jones, 27

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Jones is a light heavyweight fighter of the UFC and he won UFC's light heavyweight title in March 2011 which led him to be the youngest UFC champion of all time. Until now, Jones still holds the title which he defended for the ninth time.

Evgeni Malkin, 28

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Malkin is among the world's most decorated player in hockey. He is a no. 2 overall draft in 2004 and three-time NHL All Star player. Among his numerous awards are; NHL's rookie of the year in 2007, most valuable player in 2012, leading scorer in 2009 and 2012 and 2009 postseason's best performer after his contributed great help for Pittsburgh Penguins their first Stanley Cup since the early 1990s.

Joe Flacco, 29

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Joe Flacco success in NFL started when he was drafted on the first-round draft by the Baltimore Ravens which led to the team's victory Super Bowl XLVII and he was declared as the MVP. By that time he signed six-year, $120.6 million contract including a $29 million signing bonus. That was considered at that time the richest deal signed by a quarterback in NHL.

Chris Paul, 29

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Chris is the NBA's 2006 No.4 draft pick and became the rookie of the year. He has been a part of the All-Star selections for the seventh time and he has garnered four all-NBA first team honors and two Olympic gold medals with the US National Team.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 29

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Ronaldo is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. He has won three-time Premier League champion when he was still in Manchester United. Ronaldo is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.


These young sport stars has achieved a lot and they have earned not only fame but also respect from their fellow players and colleagues. No wonder most of them are included in fantasy dream team of sport lovers. They still got several years ahead of them and they could still gain lot of accomplishments through the years in their career. Who knows how many records, titles, awards and world cups these players can gain as the years pass?

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