ESPN has made a list of world famous sports stars using some parameters.
Sports stars are a special class of people we love for entertaining us with their God-giving talent.
In a modern eclectic society very many things can make you a celebrity overnight. But we love our sports stars for owning and earning their fame for all the right reasons.
The sporting talent automatically comes with popularity. However some stars are more popular than the others.
ESPN’s director of analytics, Ben Alamar devised a formula to check who and who is the most famous of them all.
He used measures like endorsements; social media fan base and internet search popularity to create a World Fame 100 rankings.
These are the top 10 world famous sports stars according to ESPN:
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger is an all time favorite sports star. He is a name that will not be forgotten in a hurry in golf.
He was born Eldrick Tont Woods on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California, USA. 41-year old “Tiger” as professionally known has bagged a cluster of achievements and awards. He is the longest in history to top the golfer’s chart.
Tiger started off as a child prodigy in golfing. He is now one of the most successful golfers of all time and one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Tiger has undergone 4 back surgeries since 2014. His last victory was in 2013.
9. Rafael Nadal
Spanish professional tennis player, aka, “The King of Clay” made it to the top 10 world famous sports stars. It won’t be out of place to call him one of the greatest tennis player of all times.
One interesting fact about this star is that though he was born right-handed he is known for his magical left-hand swings.
He is a 14-time winner of the Grand Slam singles titles. In 2014, he won the French Open, making him the third player ever to win a single grand slam tournament 9 times.
8. Kevin Durant
Kevin Wayne Durant was born on September 29, 1988. He is one of the highest earning basketball players in the world. Outside the court Kevin is known as a businessman and a philanthropist.
Kevin is a one time NBA MVP award winner. He has won 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 NBA scoring titles amongst others.
7. Usain Bolt
Born on 21st August 1986, Usain Bolt has become a sort of world wonder when it comes to making and breaking running time records in track competitions.
Usain is the world’s sprint runner of all times. With an unprecedented speed, the Jamaican runner has won the Olympic gold medal 8 times.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born on February 5, 1992.
The Brazilian professional soccer star plays as a forward for Barcelona and Brazil national team. He kick-started his professional career at the age of 17.
He consecutively won the South American footballer of the year in 2011 and 2012. Neymar is a prolific goal scorer with incredible football skills.
The Brazilian soccer champ is considered one of the most marketable athletes in the world.
5. Phil Mickelson
Phil is a remarkable name in the history of golf. He became a professional golfer in 1992 with 51 wins to show for it. He has also won 42 events on the PGA Tour
In 2012 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Similar to Nadal, he was born right-handed but famous for his “left swings”.
4. Roger Federer
Swiss tennis player, Federer is ranked world no 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles; 7 Wimbledon titles, 5 US Open titles and one French Open title.
3. Lionel Messi
Obviously a household name and an international sweetheart for soccer fans. Messi is an Argentine soccer champ who plays as a forward for his national team and Barcelona. He is the only star in the history of football to win 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Messi is a creative player and a prolific goal scorer with over 500 goals. He made it to top three in the list of world famous sports stars
2. Lebron James
Lebron is an American professional NBA star. Last year he was grandiosely celebrated for making a historical win for his team Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron is probably the next big name in the NBA after the all time legend, Michael Jordan.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked as ESPN’s most famous sports star. The Portuguese footballer has made a mark in the history of soccer. He is one of the greatest players of all time.