Indian Sports Stars Storm ESPN's Global Fame 100 List By Jumping From 4 Entries To 11! Here's The List

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With weeks to go before the World Cup, ESPN has published its annual World Fame 100 list of the world's most famous sportspersons. And this year, just as last year, Portugal and Real Madrid footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo has found a place at the top of the list, beating NBA star LeBron James and footballers Lionel Messi and Neymar. Tennis legend Roger Federer completes the top-5. 

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Updated On:

With weeks to go before the World Cup, ESPN has published its annual World Fame 100 list of the world's most famous sportspersons. And this year, just as last year, Portugal and Real Madrid footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo has found a place at the top of the list, beating NBA star LeBron James and footballers Lionel Messi and Neymar. Tennis legend Roger Federer completes the top-5. 

Surprisingly, golfer Tiger Woods, who hasn't found anywhere near the level of success he had achieved before his fall from grace, is in 6th spot, while Team India skipper and Cricketer Virat Kohli is in 11th place, ahead of Tennis stars Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. 

In all, 11 Indian sportspersons have made the list, of which 9 are cricketers. In comparison, only 4 Indians had made the list in 2017.

Here's the full list:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. LeBron James
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Neymar
  5. Roger Federer
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Kevin Durant
  8. Rafael Nadal
  9. Stephen Curry
  10. Phil Mickelson
  11. Virat Kohli
  12. Serena Williams
  13. Novak Djokovic
  14. Floyd Mayweather 
  15. Rory McIlroy
  16. Jordan Spieth
  17. Sun Yang
  18. Sonor McGregor
  19. Gareth Bale
  20. MS Dhoni
  21. Maria Sharapova
  22. Mesut Ozil
  23. James Rodriguez
  24. James Harden
  25. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  26. Wayne Rooney
  27. Kyrie Irving
  28. Andres Iniesta
  29. Paulo Dybala
  30. Rohit Sharma
  31. Dwayne Wade
  32. Shaun White
  33. Paul Pogba
  34. Russel Westbrook
  35. Luis Suarez
  36. Derrick Rose
  37. Sergio Aguero
  38. Tom Brady
  39. Radamel Falcao
  40. Alexis Sanchez
  41. Suresh Raina
  42. Marcelo Vieira
  43. Carmelo Anthony
  44. Philippe Coutinho
  45. Karim Benzema
  46. Anthony Joshua
  47. Drew Brees
  48. Venus Williams
  49. Antoine Griezmann
  50. Saina Nehwal
  51. Damian Lillard
  52. Chris Paul
  53. Odelle Beckham Jr.
  54. Cam Newton
  55. David Luiz
  56. Andy Murray
  57. Yuvraj Singh
  58. Canelo Alvarez
  59. Aaron Rodgers
  60. Dani Alves
  61. Gennady Golovkin
  62. Cesc Fabregas
  63. Manny Pacquiao
  64. Blake Griffin
  65. Javier Hernandez
  66. Caroline Wozniacki
  67. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
  68. Lewis Hamilton    
  69. Justin Rose
  70. Yuzuru Hanyu
  71. Ravichandran Ashwin
  72. JJ Watt
  73. Sergio Garcia
  74. Wladimir Klitschko
  75. Thomas Muller 
  76. Stan Wawrinka
  77. Simona Halep
  78. Zhang Jike
  79. Kylian Mbappe
  80. Harbhajan Singh
  81. Russel Wilson
  82. Ma Long
  83. Gautam Gambhir
  84. Robert Lewandowski
  85. Eden Hazard
  86. Ning Zetao
  87. Rickie Fowler
  88. Alex Morgan
  89. Fu Yuanhui
  90. Marco Reus
  91. Toni Kroos
  92. Isaiah Thomas
  93. Alvaro Morata
  94. Shikhar Dhawan
  95. Lindsey Vonn
  96. Thiago Silva
  97. Michelle Wie
  98. Victoria Azarenka
  99. AB de Villiers 
  100. Sania Mirza

The list started with a pool of 600 sportspersons and whittled them down to 100 using three criteria - how often they were searched for, their endorsements and their social media following.


 

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