ESPN today released its third-annual World Fame 100, which ranks the 100 most famous athletes on the planet, and Rafael Nadal ranked No. 8 on the list.
Cristiano Ronaldo heads the World Fame 100 list, followed by LeBron James in second and Lionel Messi in third.
The ESPN World Fame 100 is based on a formula created by ESPN’s director of sports analytics Ben Alamar, and combines salary, endorsements, social media following and Google search popularity.
Once again, Nadal picked himself up off the mat of injury to prove that he isn’t done chasing and challenging his nemesis, Roger Federer. Nadal, rebounding from a wrist injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2016, continued to offer fans a viable alternative to the artistry of Federer with his savagely physical game. The 31-year-old Mallorcan actually upstaged Federer on paper — if not in the hearts of fans. The men split the four Grand Slam titles, but Nadal finished the year ranked No. 1. Yet when Nadal opened his tennis academy in Mallorca, his guest of honor was his bro … Roger Federer. — Peter Bodo
There are 12 tennis players on the list.
No. 5 Roger Federer No. 8 Rafael Nadal No. 12 Serena Williams No. 13 Novak Djokovic No. 21 Maria Sharapova No. 48 Venus Williams No. 56 Andy Murray No. 66 Caroline Wozniacki No. 76 Stan Wawrinka No. 77 Simona Halep No. 98 Victoria Azarenka No. 100 Sania Mirza