Prestigious sports site ESPN has just released the 100 most famous athletes in the world based on the 2017/18 season data. Cristiano Ronaldo once again displayed the number one position.
These 100 names are selected by ESPN according to the search parameters on social networks, properties, as well as the number of followers on social networks. Cristiano Ronaldo, once again, is still the name standing at number one.
CR7 earned £ 37 million, ESPN’s search score ranked at 100 in 2018. The Portuguese superstar has 148 million followers on social networks.
ESPN quoted coach Fabio Capello’s speech on Gazzetta dello Sport about Ronaldo when CR7 moved to Juventus: “Finally the whole world has to talk about Serie A. With Ronaldo, we have the right to hold our heads proud.”
The second on this list is basketball superstar LeBron James. The famous American athlete earned £ 52 million in 2018, the search point was 47. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has 45.3 million followers on social networks.
Lionel Messi is 3rd in this list. The Barca superstar earned £ 28 million in 2018, having a search score of 54. He has 103.1 million followers on social networks.
Other popular football stars appearing on this list are Neymar (4th), Paul Pogba (12th), Kylian Mbappe (14th), Antoine Griezmann (16th) or Mesut Oezil (19th).
Roger Ferderer ranked 6th on this list, the rival of Swiss tennis player Rafael Nadal ranked 8th. Novak Djokovic had 2018 success with 2 Grand Slam titles but only stood 20th.
The infamous Irish MMA player, Connor McGregor is ranked 5th on the ESPN list. Khabib Nurmagomedov, who used to create a lot of fights with McGregor at the end of 2018, ranked 16th.
The highest-ranked female athlete on this list is Serene Williams, 17th. Asian athlete with the highest rank is Virat Kohli, 7th. Kohli is India’s most famous baseball player.
This is the second time ESPN has held this ranking. In 2017, Ronaldo was the number one. The next two positions belong to LeBron James and Messi. The fourth-place goes to Roger Federer.