To know the world’s most famous sports person of the world, ESPN came up with a formula that had aspects such as salary and endorsements along with social media following and online searches about the athletes.
The results were not much surprising as the Real Madrid’s striker, Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list, while his fiercest competitor, Lionel Messi held the third sport in the list of world’s 100 most famous athletes.
Surprisingly, there are only two cricketers in the 100 most famous athletes, the star Indian batsman Virat Kohli, who ranked at 8th, while MS Dhoni that occupied the 14th rank.
LeBron James, the United States’ basketball player stood at the third position in the list due to his huge fan following on social media, endorsements and his salary/winning sum.
Other two weapons of Barcelona’s MSN striking force, Neymar and Luis Suarez came out as 4th and 22nd most famous athletes of the world respectively.
The tennis legend, Roger Federer ranked at 5th, whereas the king of clay, Rafael Nadal sat on 10th spot.
Here are the top 10 athletes from the list:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. LeBron James
3. Lionel Messi
5. Roger Federer
6. Kevin Durant
7. Tiger Woods
8. Virat Kohli
9. James Rodriguez
10. Rafael Nadal