The Most Famous Sports Athletes in the World

Who is the most popular sports athlete on earth? It’s a question that is frequently asked among fans and experts, and after we analysed 600 of the most significant sportswomen and men, we believe we have the perfect list. To successfully produce our list, we utilized their metrics, including Search score, Endorsements, and Social Media followers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most famous sports athletes in the world today.

Christiano Ronaldo

Portugal national team and Juventus striker, Christiano Ronaldo, is by far the most famous sports athlete in the world. He is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals and has managed to equal Lionel Messi with a total of 5 Ballon d’Or trophies. He also boasts with the largest social media following with a total of 121.7 million people.

LeBron James

LeBron James, the small forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers is considered the best player in the NBA at the moment. However, it’s his unique social commentary that has managed to set him apart from the list this year. This is due to the fact that he decided to call President Trump something that few would dear to tweet, calling him a bum. This post has retweeted a total of 650,000 times.

Lionel Messi

The forward for FC Barcelona has a sizable social media channel that boasts of more than 89 million followers. Even though this is 30 million less than Christiano Ronaldo, the Messi name is something that is more widely searched when it comes to Google and YouTube. He is considered the best footballer of all time as well.


The forward for Brazil, Neymar, decided to move from FC Barcelona over to Paris-Saint Germain for a remarkable $263 million deal during 2018. He was also considered the key player for the Russian World Cup. Neymar has an incredible following on social media and has various other businesses under his name that makes him so popular.

Roger Federer

The tennis champion with 20 Grand Slam titles has managed to undergo a complete career boot in recent years. After enduring a 6-month layoff due to an injury, Roger Federer managed to win 2 majors and finished in the number 2 position at the end of 2017. He is also someone that gives a huge portion of his time to the Africa foundation he owns.

Tiger Woods

The DUI arrest of the legendary golfer is regarded as his lowest point in life along with his back injury that managed to jeopardise his golfing career. However, Woods managed to bounce back recently and is currently smiling, healthy, and fit, while being extremely thankful for the additional opportunity to further extend his career.

Steph Curry

The point guard for the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry, is undoubtedly the most popular basketball player in the league. He boasts with 19.4 million followers on his social media channel and made a name for himself when he didn’t want to attend the White House to celebrate the championship.