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Kohli and Dhoni amongst four Indian cricketers on ESPN World Fame 100

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Indian cricketers Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni  Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, have featured in this year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list.

More Information about this year’s ESPN World Fame 100 Rankings:

Virat Kohli ranked 13th, which marks a drop from his previous year rank at 8th Virat has signed endorsements deal worth USD 17.4 million which includes the record Puma deal signed in February 2017. He has 13.4 million followers on Instagram, 33.9 million on Facebook and 13.9 million on Twitter.

  • M S Dhoni’s too slipped by one spot to 15th from last year’s 14th
  • Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina ranked 90th and 95th
  • Indian tennis star Sania Mirza who ranked 41st in 2016 could not make it to the 2017 Kohli and Dhoni amongst four Indian cricketers on ESPN World Fame 100rankings.
  • Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo topped this year’s ESPN World Fame 100 Rankings with USD 32 million endorsement deals, 93 million Instagram followers, 118.1 million Facebook followers and 50.4 million Twitter followers. Cristiano Ronaldo retained his top rank of last year’s inaugural rankings.
  • Ronda Rousey, the mixed martial artist, at 16th position, is the highest ranked female athlete.
  • American athletes dominated the ranking by occupying 35 spots.

Top 10 of ESPN World Fame 100:

Rank Athletes Sport
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Football
2 LeBron James Basketball
3 Lionel Messi Football
4 Roger Federer Tennis
5 Phil Mickelson Golf
6 Neymar Football
7 Usain Bolt Sprint
8 Kevin Durant Basketball
9 Rafael Nadal Tennis
10 Tiger Woods Golf

About ESPN World Fame 100 Rankings:

ESPN World Fame 100, annual rankings were first released in year 2016.

  • The rankings are compiled on basis of a formula that combines value of endorsement deals signed by athletes, social media following (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and internet search popularity (particularly Google trends) of sports personalities across the world.