Don’t athletes just have such a glamorous job these days? They basically get to play a sport they love, and they get handsomely paid for it. Because of the money in competitive sports these days, athletes earn huge sums of money and spend much of their careers in the public eye. As such, they are sort of akin to actors and musicians, and this has brought them a level of celebrity unseen for athletes before that time.
Consider former and current athletes like David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sure, they are all wildly successful athletes, but they have also become brands and institutions in their own right. However, these are the old guard, and, as with all sports, they will no longer have a stake in the athletics world. So it’s important to look at the new up and comers – here are some of the best athletes today under the age of 25.
Simone Biles (21) – Gymnastics
It’s amazing to think that Simone Biles is just 20-years-young, it seems like this young gymnast has been around for a lot longer than she has. After bursting onto the scene at a young age, Biles scooped 4 Olympic golds in five events at Rio and will be looking for a clean sweep the next time around. If she can stay fit and healthy, there’s no reason why this extraordinary young woman can’t become dominant in a way similar to Michael Phelps.
Odell Beckham Jr. (23) – Football
There are plenty of excellent wide receivers in the game right now, but few of them are as gifted or popular as Odell Beckham Jr. The New York Giants talisman has had the best start of any wide receiver in NFL history. He has completed 35 touchdowns and 4,100 yards in just his first three seasons in the league. His ability, mixed with his explosive personality, has made this young American one of the shining stars of the NFL, and he looks set to be a future megastar.
Harry Kane (24) – Soccer
Playing center forward for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national side, Harry Kane is perhaps the shining star of the Premier League at the moment. He has won two consecutive Premier League Golden Boots, as well as hitting four Premier League hat tricks. In scintillating form again this season, Kane surely won’t be a Spurs player for too much longer, as many of the top clubs in Europe are showing interest. At the age of just 24, this young man has a bright future ahead of him.
Katie Ledecky (21) – Swimming
Ledecky is an absolute machine, even by swimming standards. This remarkable young woman is one of the most decorated athletes ever at her age. After winning 14 consecutive World Championship gold medals, she had to settle for silver in this year’s 200m freestyle event in Budapest. Combine this with four Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver, and a whole host of world records smashed, and it’s clear this young lady is going places. And, at the age of just 20, she has a long and prosperous career ahead of her.
These are just a few of the amazing athletes in the world who are on the cusp of becoming world beaters.; Well, some of them already are, but they will want to build a legacy and endure as young athletes in the modern game. These are a few of the biggest names you need to look out for when it comes to modern sports.