Ronaldo, LeBron, Bolt & the 100 most famous athletes in the world

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Where's your hero on the list?

ESPN have released their 'World Fame 100', ranking in order the most famous athletes on the planet and, unsurprisingly, there are several footballers high up the list.

Using a formula that combines endorsements with social media followings (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and internet search popularity, the index comprises only of active athletes.

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So, who is the most famous athlete in the world? Here are the top 10, with the full list available below:


10. TIGER WOODS | GOLF


Tiger Woods


9. RAFAEL NADAL | TENNIS


Rafael Nadal


8. KEVIN DURANT | BASKETBALL


Kevin Durant


7. USAIN BOLT | SPRINTER


Usain Bolt


6. NEYMAR


Neymar


5. PHIL MICKELSON | GOLF


Phil Mickelson


4. ROGER FEDERER | TENNIS


Roger Federer


3. LIONEL MESSI


Lionel Messi


2. LEBRON JAMES | BASKETBALL


LeBron James

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1. CRISTIANO RONALDO


Cristiano Ronaldo


FULL LIST | 11-100


100 to 11 most famous athletes 2017

 

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