The NBA superstar beat out a glittering field of athletes for the top gong.
In a result that is sure to create controversy around the world, NBA small forward LeBron James has been named as the world’s fittest athlete by Sports Illustrated Magazine.
All the top athletes around the world were ranked in the categories of speed, strength, agility and endurance with a top score of 10 for each category possible.
James, who has been photographed recently with a much slimmer physique after cutting out carbohydrates from his diet, scored a perfect 40.
“For the professional male athlete (fitness) is the very foundation of success. But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest,” Sports Illustrated said.
James’s team the Heat reached the NBA final this year but were beaten by the San Antonio Spurs. James has since decided to head home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers again.
James edged out Real Madrid player Christiano Ronaldo, who scored 38.5 points while in third place was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (36.5 points).
Boxer Floyd Mayweather (36 points) came in fourth while rounding out the top ten was swimmer Michael Phelps on 33 points.
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