Rafael Nadal is the most famous Spanish athlete in the world

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.

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Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

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)


  1. No surprise at that news. Apart from his incredible achievements, Rafael is a role model, a great ambassador for his country, a humanitarian and a charming man. No one compares

  2. Simply the best..you are an amazing man…athlete….and. humanitarian….vamos rafa

  3. Humility is the biggest factor why people gravitate with Rafael. the Families, Friends & Fans!

  4. Absolutely! Not a single doubt that Rafael is the most loveable athlete to me! Love him heaps not only for his tennis but as a “good person” as he mentioned. Wishing you all the best Rafael for everything in life…..

  5. Not surprising. With your kind personality and great sportsmanship together with the joy you bring to us fans. You will always be loved Rafa. Good luck for next week. Vamos xxxx

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