There are plenty of athletes are playing different sports in the current World. Each of them is regarded as an icon. But the question is who is the most popular athlete in the World. It seems hard to answer. But here we consider some techniques to find the top 10 most popular athletes in the World. First of all, we are considering internet search option which means the athlete’s name is searched much on the internet. Secondly, we are considering how much money he or she used to generate from endorsement agreements and also we are considering his or her social media followers. Considering all three options we have come to a conclusion and already found the top 10 most popular athletes in the World.
Let’s take a look below where we present some details of the top 10 most popular athletes in the World currently.
Top 10 Most Popular Athletes
Basically, each and every popular sports person or simply an athlete has his or her own World. He is in the top position on his very World as we speak. He has done such great performance in his professional career which makes him one of the top popular athletes in the World.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
First of all, we must consider the name of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. He is regarded as the most popular athlete in the World. He is a professional footballer and playing for his national team Portugal as the captain.
This legendary striker is also playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He has won jointly highest five Ballon d’Or in his professional career and also a record of scoring highest 120 goals in Champions League. He has the biggest social media platform which consists of 121.7 million followers.
As stated by the report, CR7 has finished his FIFA World Cup 2018 mission where they faced defeat against Uruguay at the round of last sixteen games. This 33 years old forward wants to play upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022 with his national team. He is also one of the highest-earning athletes currently.
At the end of the season of La Liga, the rumor spread that CR7 would leave Real Madrid this season. Let’s see his next destination then.
2. LeBron James
LeBron James is officially known as LeBron Raymone James Sr. who is an American professional NBA player. Considering the report, he is regarded as the 2nd most popular athlete in the World.
He is also regarded as the best player of NBA who is playing for Cleveland Cavaliers. He started his career there but in the middle of the time, he spent with Miami Heat. 33 years old James is playing as a small forward.
His annual salary is $ 23 million along with his earning through the endorsement deals are $ 44 million in every year. Considering Facebook and Twitter, his total followers are 53.7 million.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is one of the most popular athletes without any doubt. He is the current Argentina national football team captain. Under his leading team, Argentina faced defeat against France in Russia World Cup 2018 at the round of last sixteen games.
He won highest five Ballon d’Or and jointly holding the record with Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the key player of Spanish giants Barcelona. He started his professional career with Barcelona in 2005 but youth career he spent with Barcelona C and Barcelona B team respectively.
He is often considered as the best footballer ever. Considering the social media, he has 88.1 million followers. He is also currently the highest earning footballer so far.
4. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is the Swiss tennis sensation and widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time. He is currently holding 2nd in position considering ATP ranking.
He has won highest 20 grand slam which is the highest for men’s tennis. He is also the one of the most popular athletes in the World.
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Neymar is the Brazilian professional footballer and widely regarded as one of the best players in recent time. He is considered as the rising star in football.
It seems that after Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, he would become the most popular footballer after a couple of years. Currently, he is also one of the most popular athletes in the World. 26 years old the Brazilian star started his professional career with Brazilian club Santos and later he joined Spanish club Barcelona.
Later, in last summer transfer, he left Camp Nou and now playing for the French club Paris Saint Germain. In 2010 he made his international debut with Brazilian national team. He is the key player of team Brazil in Russia World Cup 2018.
6. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson who is simply known as Lefty is the American professional golfer. He is regarded as one of the most popular athletes in the World. He has won 43 events in PGA Tour. This 48 years old athlete started his professional career in 1992.
He is widely famous for his left swing though he is right-handed. His annual salary is $ 28 million with $ 48 million endorsement deals.
7. Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is a former Jamaican professional sprinter. He still holds many records. One he dominated in sprint competition in Olympics. He is currently 31 years old and recently finished his professional career as the sprinter.
He is one of the most popular athletes. Due to his speed, he is often called as “Lightning Bolt”. Considering Facebook and Twitter, his followers are almost 23.6 million.
8. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant who is professionally known as Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player. 29 years old Kevin is a small forward and regarded as one of the most popular athletes in the World.
He is currently playing with Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant is receiving almost $ 20.2 million annual salaries along with $ 35 million from endorsement deals.
9. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is the Spanish tennis sensation and currently holding the number #1 position in ATP ranking. He is also known as “The King of Clay” and also widely regarded as one of the greatest clay court stars of all time.
He is one of the most popular athletes in the World. 32 years old, Nadal won 17 Grand Slam singles titles. His yearly salary is $ 4.5 million and from endorsement agreement, he is earning $ 28 million so far.
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods who is formerly known as Eldrick Tont Woods is an American professional golf player. He is often considered as one of the most successful golfers of all time.
He was also one of the highest paid athletes in the World. Still, he is one of the most popular athletes no doubt. His annual salary is reported at $1 million.