ESPN has released World’s 100 most famous athletes list for the year, 2017 & interestingly two Indians are able to sneak into “Top 15” athletes.
The list features a host of familiar names from the world of sports and includes both male and female athletes.Four Indian athletes made it into “Top 100”.
“Leading the List”
Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the most famous athlete in the World. The Portuguese international helped Real Madrid win the title this season and also guided them to the Champions League final where they face Juventus.
With endorsements of $32 million and over 200 118.1m Facebook followers, 93m Instagram followers and over 50m Twitter followers, the Portuguese occupies the top spot.
The second place is occupied by Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James with endorsement deals of a whopping $55 million and a social media following of over 85 million.
Another footballing star Leo Messi takes the third place who was the highest scorer in La Liga this season. The Argentine does not have a Twitter account but still has over 150 million followers. His Facebook page has 87 million likes while his Instagram page has 65 million followers. His endorsements earn him $28 million !
Tennis star Roger Federer gets the fourth position as he becomes the most famous “Tennis player” in the world. The Tennis legend has endorsements worth $60 million, and with 14.2m Facebook likes, 2.8m Instagram followers and 6.7m Twitter followers.
Indians making the cut
Only four cricketers gets into the top 100 & no surprise all of them are Indian.
Virat Kohli is the highest placed at #13 while former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is at #15.
The other two cricketers are Yuvraj Singh who is at #90, and Suresh Raina who is #95 on the list. Not only are these four the only Indian’s on the list, but they are also the only athletes from Asia to make it.
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