For example, players in a league with a salary cap would be at an unfair disadvantage when measured against players in uncapped leagues. The social media followings and Google Trend scores (which show relative popularity based on how often names are searched on a scale of 0 to 100) were as of April 19. Contributors: Primary research by Sachin Dave Chandan and Charlotte Gibson.
Endorsement dollars, however, reflect the ability to draw attention -- which is a good way to define fame. (Note: Where categories in the profiles are marked as NA, the athlete either doesn't have an official account for that social media site or an accurate endorsement figure could not be confirmed.) Retired athletes are not included. Additional research by Sam Bruce, Jayaditya Gupta, Sam Lyon, Richard Maguire, James Martin, Gueorgui Milkov, Fernando Olivieri, Darren Rovell, Sripath Srinath, Xin Wan, Qixin Wang, Andy Withers and Ricardo Zanei. That's where soccer's peacock would still expect to be, his glory as one of the all-time great players still dazzling us as much as his ego, even if a few boos from Real Madrid's absurdly spoiled fans have this season hinted at CR7's fading powers at 32.
Just watch him." Having run out of superlatives for the man, a new word -- "inmessionante" -- has been created for Messi, earning its debut in a Spanish dictionary. "The perfect way to play football." -- Ian Chadband "Messi is outside all praise.
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.
(You can find the 2016 World Fame 100 here.) We also sought input from ESPN journalists around the world, including colleagues in our bureaus in Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
And he'd won only 10 of his Grand Slams at the time.
-- Jim Caple "What makes it so special is that he doesn't just take something from you and just keep on going.
And he continued to bolster his fame this year when he won the 2017 Australian Open, becoming at age 35 the oldest man to win the event since Ken Rosewall in 1972.
In 2007, Switzerland issued a postage stamp bearing Federer's image, making him the country's first living person to be so honored.The data for each athlete in the pool was then fed into a formula created by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar that weighs athletes' endorsements, their following on the social media Big Three (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Google search popularity, producing a comparative ranking system.The analysis includes five categories: endorsement money, Twitter followers, Instagram followers, Facebook followers and Google Trends score.The likeness was so bad, even Ronaldo had to laugh at himself -- not something you can say too often.-- Ian Chadband "He's a world star in soccer like Michael Jordan was in basketball. That's James' career arc in his home state of Ohio.And he's still on course to take over from Messi as the world's finest.