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Cristiano Ronaldo Named Most Famous Athlete In The World

Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s been a good 12 months for Brand Cristiano Ronaldo, with the slippery-haired football android, claiming the Champions League, the European Championships, La Liga; the most lifelike statue you’re ever likely to see, and now the title of the world’s most famous athlete.

Topping the list of the ESPN 100, an annual list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, Ronaldo’s global profile was determined based on an algorithm that takes into consideration everything from endorsement money to social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Having earned sales of up to $500 million for Nike in 2016, along with the launch of his own denim, underwear (all Y fronts, of course), fragrance and ab machine line, Ronaldo’s social media followers included 118 million on Facebook, 93 million on Instagram (he likes photos of himself in his big white lonely house) and 50 million on Twitter for a total of 261 million followers.

Basically, he’s very famous.

Interestingly, only eight women broke into the top 100; while the United States had the most famous athletes with 35. Brazil came in second with nine and Germany third with seven.

Here’s the rest of the top 10.

ESPN 2017 World Fame Top 10

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. LeBron James
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Roger Federer
  5. Phil Mickelson
  6. Neymar
  7. Usain Bolt
  8. Kevin Durant
  9. Rafael Nadal
  10. Tiger Woods

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