ESPN has recently ranked 100 most popular athletes in the world, and the list is impressive. Hailing from all kinds of sports backgrounds, these athletes have reached this stage after extreme hard work and dedication, which has earned them immense love and loyalty from fans from all over the world. This list has ranked athletes after combining endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity. Listed below are 7 of the most popular athletes in the world.
Real Madrid’s numerouno soccer player has taken the team to victory to become the world’s most premier player. With a whopping 261.5 million social media followers, CR7 is loved by each and every one. Men want to be him, and women want to be with him. His extraordinary skills and charming personality have made him the most sought-after celebrity in the sports arena and outside. He is a world star in soccer like Michael Jordan was in basketball.
The American basketball player for Cleveland Cavaliers is the most talented and popular sports star. Even at the age of 32, he is still dominating the basketball circles. Fans adore him for the thrills that he had delivered. He has also made appearances in Hollywood and only time will tell if he will add an Oscar to his four MVP trophies. He walks through his much deserved fame with pride as he won every basketball fan’s heart. His social media followers stand at a staggering rate of 85.5 million followers and are steadily increasing.
Argentina’s soccer player has a heart-warming background story which is an inspiration for underdogs and upcoming sports enthusiasts. His social media profiles boast with 151.7 million followers, and he has devoted fans all over the world, making him one of the most loved and famous sports stars of all time. His otherworldly skills and magical left foot have won him accolades. He is beyond any praise and lets his talents do all the talking.
The Swiss tennis player ranks fourth on this list and is most worthy of it. He is the most successful male tennis player in history with the most Grand Slam singles titles. Federer has held the No.1 ranking for 302 weeks in his career, the most by any man. With 23.7 social media followers, Roger Federer is the most respected and humble sports star, and he was also honored as Switzerland issued a postage stamp bearing his image.
The American golfer came in at No. 18 on Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s wealthiest celebrities with a net worth of $375 million. Phil Mickelson stood defeated only next to golf legend Tiger Woods. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters Titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.
The Brazilian soccer player for Barcelona is a bewilderingly brilliant sportsman, who has gone on to win many matches. He gained victory most spectacularly and fans, love him with uncountable devotion. He is still on course to take over from Messi as the world’s most exceptional soccer player. He is increasingly gaining fame and popularity every year with his talents is the most sought-after player. He social media following is ranked at 154.1 million and are steadily increasing.
The Jamaican sprinter stays true to his name and puts a real lightning bolt to shame with his remarkable talents. With more than 30 million social media followers, his track record serves to be an inspiration to many aspiring athletes all over the world. He is loved and respected by fans around the globe. He has been defined as the fastest human being in history. He has won 8 Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 4X100 relay. He plans to go into cricket since he loved it as a kid in Jamaica.