Serena. LeBron. Messi. Brady.
Only one name is required — last, first, a nickname — to know who is being discussed. That’s what happens when an athlete not only rises to the top of his or her sport, but transcends the sports landscape on the way to becoming a superstar.
With the 2010s bound for the rear-view mirror by month’s end, USA TODAY Sports is ranking the top athletes across sports from the decade that was.
Here, though, we break out the prediction books and take a look at which athletes will reach a level so that only one name is required to know who you’re talking about.
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