If asked to think of the most famous Spanish athlete, whom would you think of? Chances are, it’s tennis’ World No.1 Rafael Nadal. According to a survey conducted by market research firm Personality Media, Rafa is the best known Spanish athlete in the world, ahead of the likes of NBA player Pau Gasol, F1 racer Fernando Alonso, and footballer Iker Casillas.
Rafa leads the popularity contest by an average of 75% of votes in 12 countries surveyed: USA, Australia, Russia, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Our champion is very popular in Latin America, but is even in popularity with Alonso in Europe. In his own country, he is more or less even with his comrades at 98%, beating out Alonso and Gasol by 1%.
However, we knew this already: Rafa is one of the most popular people in the world, and one of the most beloved. (Source: rtve.es)