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The 20 most famous athletes in the world

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The list of the most famous athletes in the world is dominated by footballers, and no athlete is more famous than Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the most recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, came up with a way to measure every top athlete's fame. The formula uses earnings on and off the field, social media popularity, and Google search popularity.

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Below we take a closer look at the 20 most famous athletes, which includes eight soccer players, four tennis players, three basketball stars, and three golfers. You can see the entire list in ESPN the Magazine.

No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Portugal

Salary: $52.2 million

Endorsements: $27.0 million

Facebook likes: 111.4 million

Twitter followers: 42.1 million


No. 2 LeBron James

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Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $23.0 million

Endorsements: $44.0 million

Facebook likes: 22.5 million

Twitter followers: 31.2 million


No. 3 Lionel Messi

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Argentina

Salary: $48.5 million

Endorsements: $22.0 million

Facebook likes: (does not have a Facebook page)

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)


No. 4 Neymar Jr.

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Brazil

Salary: $14.7 million

Endorsements: $17.0 million

Facebook likes: 56.6 million

Twitter followers: 21.9 million


No. 5 Roger Federer

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Sport: Tennis

Country: Switzerland

Salary: $9.0 million

Endorsements: $58.0 million

Facebook likes: 14.5 million

Twitter followers: 4.8 million


No. 6 Kevin Durant

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Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $20.2 million

Endorsements: $35.0 million

Facebook likes: 10.2 million

Twitter followers: 13.6 million


No. 7 Tiger Woods

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Sport: Golf

Country: United States

Salary: $1.0 million

Endorsements: $50.0 million

Facebook likes: 3.1 million

Twitter followers: 5.8 million


No. 8 James Rodriguez

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Colombia

Salary: $21.4 million

Endorsements: $4.5 million

Facebook likes: 30.1 million

Twitter followers: 9.7 million


No. 9 Rafael Nadal

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Sport: Tennis

Country: Spain

Salary: $4.5 million

Endorsements: $28.0 million

Facebook likes: 14.7 million

Twitter followers: 9.4 million


No. 10 Kobe Bryant

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Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $25.0 million

Endorsements: $26.0 million

Facebook likes: 21.3 million

Twitter followers: 9.4 million


No. 11 Gareth Bale

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Wales

Salary: $25.5 million

Endorsements: $9.5 million

Facebook likes: 26.1 million

Twitter followers: 8.2 million


No. 12 Phil Mickelson

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Sport: Golf

Country: United States

Salary: $2.8 million

Endorsements: $48.0 million

Facebook likes: (does not have a Facebook page)

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)


No. 13 MS Dhoni

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Sport: Cricket

Country: India

Salary: $4.0 million

Endorsements: $27.0 million

Facebook likes: 18.4 million

Twitter followers: 5.4 million


No. 14 Usain Bolt

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Sport: Track and Field

Country: Jamaica

Salary: $0 million

Endorsements: $21.0 million

Facebook likes: 17.2 million

Twitter followers: 4.0 million


No. 15 Novak Djokovic

Scott Barbour/Getty

Sport: Tennis

Country: Serbia

Salary: $17.2 million

Endorsements: $31.0 million

Facebook likes: 6.6 million

Twitter followers: 5.3 million


No. 16 Wayne Rooney

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Sport: Soccer

Country: England

Salary: $19.9 million

Endorsements: $7.0 million

Facebook likes: 25.4 million

Twitter followers: 12.9 million


No. 17 Maria Sharapova

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Sport: Tennis

Country: Russia

Salary: $6.7 million

Endorsements: $23.0 million

Facebook likes: 15.5 million

Twitter followers: 2.2 million


No. 18 Mesut Özil

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Germany

Salary: $12.8 million

Endorsements: $6.5 million

Facebook likes: 30.0 million

Twitter followers: 10.7 million


No. 19 Rory McIlroy

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Sport: Golf

Country: Northern Ireland

Salary: $16.3 million

Endorsements: $32.0 million

Facebook likes: 1.1 million

Twitter followers: 2.9 million


No. 20 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Sport: Soccer

Country: Sweden

Salary: $33.1 million

Endorsements: $6.0 million

Facebook likes: 24.3 million

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)


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