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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo Tops ESPN's 2017 "World Fame 100" List

Each year, ESPN ranks the 100 most famous athletes in the world with its “World Fame 100″ list. This year, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid tops the list. Using athletes’s rank on Forbes‘s annual list of highest-paid athletes, — spoiler, Ronaldo won, ESPN’s rankings are determined based on a variety of factors, including endorsement money in 2016, social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Google Trend scores. eSports and Chinese athletes were special situations and had relevant social media platforms Twitch and Baidu used respectively. Salary was not used in the formula because of its vast difference amongst sports. Retired athletes were also not included.

Check out ESPN's 2017 ranking of the top 100 most famous athletes on the planet

The ESPN World Fame 100 is our annual attempt to create a ranking, through statistical analysis, of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet. We started with Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid athletes and expanded the pool from there using a variety of domestic and international sources to make sure we didn't overlook any legitimate candidates.