Sports draw us in for many reasons be it the competition, the elegance or the urge to defeat your opponent. It is probably the only thing that is bringing people together in the modern world. But many of us follow sports just to idolise our favourite sportsperson. Everyone wants to become like his/her favourite player or to get inspired by them. So here we list down top 10 most famous sports personalities in the world.
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1)Cristiano Ronaldo (Football)
Cristiano Ronaldo has set multiple records on the football field while playing for Manchester United and then Real Madrid. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is also the most popular sportsperson on social media with over 200 million social media followers. But it’s not only his sportsmanship that makes him popular, Ronaldo has continuously supported charities and foundations for the good cause. Ronaldo also has sponsorship deals with leading companies including Nike, Armani, Castrol and even has his own range of underwear under the brand CR7.
2)Lionel Messi (Football)
The Argentine footballer Lionel Messi plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. Regarded as the best football player the world has ever seen, Lionel Messi has certainly produced some magical moments on the football field. He has been a record five times Ballon d’Or winner and has won every trophy there is to be won in club football. Messi also operates several charities and foundations to help underprivileged children around the world.
3)Lebron James (Basketball)
Lebron James is a professional NBA player who plays for Cleveland Cavaliers. He has been the most loved and hated player perhaps in the NBA history. Popularly referred to as King James, he has 3 NBA titles to his name and is a four-time NBA MVP. He has also been the part of Olympic gold winning American team at Beijing and London Olympics.
4)Usain Bolt (Sprinter)
Jamaica might be famous for the legendary artist Bob Marley, but for the current generation, it is Usain Bolt who has a bigger effect. The Jamaican sprinter has rewritten the record books and transcended his sport. He is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. Usain Bolt is also the only sprinter to win Olympic gold at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016).
5)Roger Federer (Tennis)
The Swiss international tennis player is arguably one of the most popular athletes in the world. Roger Federer has dominated the tennis court like none other, holding the No. 1 rank for a record 237 straight weeks from 2004 to 2008. He has won a record 18 Grand Slams including 7 Wimbledon titles. His rivalry with Spain international Rafael Nadal is considered as the greatest rivalry in the modern era of professional tennis.
6)David Beckham (Football)
The English footballer David Beckham is more famous for his looks and lifestyle rather than his footballing skills. Though, he is still considered to be one of the best when it comes to long-range shooting and free kick abilities, earning him the tagline “Bend it like Beckham”. Beckham has won 25 titles in his career and has played for some of the biggest football clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid.
7)Tiger Woods (Golf)
There is no doubt that Tiger Woods has been the greatest golfer in sports history. Woods dominated the game for more than a decade which changed golf forever. 14 major championships, 79 PGA Tour wins, lowest scoring average in PGA Tour history and 10 Player of the Year awards tells the stature of this great player. Although, a scandal involving Tiger Woods has plummeted his popularity among fans.
8)Kobe Bryant (Basketball)
Kobe Bryant, nicknamed “The Black Mamba”, is an American professional basketball player who played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA. He has won 5 championships and earned one MVP award. He is probably the most popular basketball player in the USA after the legendary Michael Jordan. He is also quite popular in Europe, Latin America and China.
9)Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Boxing)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a former American boxer who is widely considered as the best boxer of all time. In an illustrious two-decade career, Mayweather won 15 world titles and lineal championship in four different weight classes. He remained undefeated as a professional with 49 wins and 0 losses. He also topped the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in both 2014 and 2015.
10)Michael Phelps (Swimming)
Michael Phelps is an American former competitive swimmer and also the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals. He also holds the record for most Olympic gold medals (23). Phelps retired following the 2016 Rio Olympics but till then, he had completely changed the sport of swimming. Many people talk about his legacy and pool performers which he has inspired.