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ESPN 100 Most Famous Athletes Not Your Father's Athletes

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Ronda Rousey proves you don't have to win to win with ESPN. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:14 PM

ESPN’s most famous athletes list (below) is out now and is bound to raise some eyebrows, until you read the fine print that the rankings are based on endorsements, social media followers and the number of searches scored on the internet. We won't tell you who's No. 1.

Forget athletic prowress and ability. These days it's all about popularity, ratings and bucks, explained the Philadelphia Daily News

So, Ronda Rousey, once a dominant female MMA star and 16 on the ESPN list, tops one of the most dominant figures in MMA and sports today, Conor McGregor.

In fact Rousey, who’s been a shell of herself since being knocked out by Holly Holm in an MMA bout in November 2015, was ahead of every other top women’s sensation in sports, including the likes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simone Biles, according to Forbes.

ESPN has Williams at No. 19, Sharapova at No. 23, McGregor at No. 25, and Biles at No. 48 on the World Fame list.

The list wasn’t full of surprises, though. There were some notable athletes that ranked pretty accurately, including NBA superstars Lebron James (No. 2) and Stephen Curry (No. 11), who are about to meet in the NBA finals for the third consecutive year. Tennis star Roger Federer is ranked No. 4 on the list, while golfer Tiger Woods is at No. 10, according to Sporting News.

The list was fairly diverse in terms of the different sports represented by the athletes selected.

The list includes “10 golfers, 10 tennis players, four cricket players, four auto racers,” a Chinese table tennis star and badminton player.

Here’s a full list of ESPN’s World Fame 100 rankings.

1 Cristiano Ronaldo

2 LeBron James

3 Lionel Messi

4 Roger Federer

5 Phil Mickelson

6 Neymar

7 Usain Bolt

8 Kevin Durant

9 Rafael Nadal

10 Tiger Woods

11 Stephen Curry

12 Novak Djokovic

13 Virat Kohli

14 Rory McIlroy

15 Mahendra Singh Dhoni

16 Ronda Rousey

17 Jordan Spieth

18 Kaká

19 Serena Williams

20 Kei Nishikori

21 Tom Brady

22 Gareth Bale

23 Maria Sharapova

24 Dwyane Wade

25 Conor McGregor

26 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

27 James Rodríguez

28 James Harden

29 Alexis Sánchez

30 Mesut Özil

31 Wayne Rooney

32 Andy Murray

33 Derrick Rose

34 Kyrie Irving

35 Russell Westbrook

36 Antoine Griezmann

37 Andrés Iniesta

38 Luis Suárez

39 Anderson Silva

40 Paul Pogba

41 Carmelo Anthony

42 Stan Wawrinka

43 Dustin Johnson

44 Karim Benzema

45 Marcelo Vieira

46 Radamel Falcao

47 Cam Newton

48 Simone Biles

49 Sergio Agüero

50 Ivan Rakitic

51 Chris Paul

52 Drew Brees

53 David Luiz

54 Cesc Fàbregas

55 Russell Wilson

56 Aaron Rodgers

57 Dani Alves

58 Sergio Garcia

59 Manny Pacquiao

60 Eli Manning

61 Damian Lillard

62 Rickie Fowler

63 Blake Griffin

64 Odell Beckham Jr.

65 Dwight Howard

66 Ning Zetao

67 Ryan Lochte

68 Bastian Schweinsteiger

69 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

70 Javier Hernández

71 Ma Long

72 Toni Kroos

73 Justin Rose

74 J.J. Watt

75 Hope Solo

76 Thiago Silva

77 Raheem Sterling

78 Eden Hazard

79 Theo Walcott

80 Didier Drogba

81 Mario Götze

82 Robert Lewandowski

83 Marco Reus

84 Lewis Hamilton

85 Jason Day

86 Jimmie Johnson

87 Caroline Wozniacki

88 Lin Dan

89 Saúl Álvarez

90 Yuvraj Singh

91 Thomas Müller

92 Felipe Massa

93 Eugenie Bouchard

94 Bubba Watson

95 Suresh Raina

96 Gabriel Jesus

97 Manuel Neuer

98 Adam Scott

99 Aly Raisman

100 Mohamed Salah

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ESPN’s most famous athletes list (below) is out now and is bound to raise some eyebrows, until you read the fine print that the rankings are based on endorsements, social media followers and the number of searches scored on the internet. We won't tell you who's No. 1.
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