Five Gold Balloons, hundreds of goals and a packed cupboard, it's a reputation. According to ESPN, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous sportsman in the world, ahead of the NBA and Lakers superstar LeBron James (2nd) and his great rival Lionel Messi (3rd). This ranking is established by taking into account for each athlete the number of searches it generates on the internet, its sponsorship contracts and the number of its subscribers on social networks.
Three women only
Paris striker Neymar is fourth, just ahead of Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor. Only three women are in this ranking: they are tennis players Serena Williams (17th), Maria Sharapova (37th) and Sania Mirza (93rd).
If football dominates this classification called "World Fame 100", note the presence of eleven cricketers from the Indian subcontinent, and the star of the esport, Ninja (41).
Finally, American football player Colin Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since 2017, is 57th. In 2016, he launched a boycott of the American anthem to protest against police violence against the black population in the United States.