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ESPN reveals ranking of the 100 most famous athletes of 2017

Stars like Tom Brady and Ryan Lochte may be household names in the United States, but that doesn't necessarily hold true throughout the rest of the world.

ESPN revealed the 2017 edition of its annual World Fame 100 ranking on Tuesday, listing the top 100 most famous active athletes on the planet.

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For the second year in a row, soccer asserted its place as the most popular sport on Earth, with 3 of the top 10 most famous athletes being footballers. Tennis, golf and basketball were close behind with 2 stars each.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, also landed a spot in the top 10.

Brady, the most famous NFL player out of eight on the list, came in at No. 21, proving that American football still has a ways to go.

The NBA's growing global popularity is apparent, with 13 players on the list.

MMA fighter Ronda Rousey ranked as the most famous female athlete out of eight on the list, coming in just a few spots ahead of tennis stars Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

No Major League Baseball or National Hockey League players made the top 100.

Take a look through the top 25 athletes below, and check out the rest on ESPN:

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The top 25 most famous athletes in the world

25. Conor McGregor

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24. Dwyane Wade

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23. Maria Sharapova

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(Photo by Claudio Pasquazi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

22. Gareth Bale

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(Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

21. Tom Brady

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(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

20. Kei Nishikori

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(Photo credit LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

19. Serena Williams

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(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

18. Kaká

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(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

17. Jordan Spieth

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(Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

16. Ronda Rousey

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

15. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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(Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

14. Rory McIlroy

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

13. Virat Kohli

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(Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

12. Novak Djokovic

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(Photo credit GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

11. Stephen Curry

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(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Tiger Woods

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(Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

9. Rafael Nadal

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(Photo via Reuters / Christian Hartmann)

8. Kevin Durant

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(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

7. Usain Bolt

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(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

6. Neymar

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(Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Phil Mickelson

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(Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

4. Roger Federer

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(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

3. Lionel Messi

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(Photo credit JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

2. LeBron James

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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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(Photo credit FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

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