It started off with a simple question: Who's the most famous athlete in the world?
Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings.
It is something original, beautiful and effective." -- Jorge Valdano, Argentine World Cup winner and soccer sage-- Ian Chadband Whenever you play, you are worshipped by those who think that watching one of your matches is like seeing Nureyev or Olivier on stage.
To provide context, consider that all other players in the league have a total of three centuries in 2016.
Yet it's nice for him to be reminded of his greatness by wandering round a museum that he's bankrolled on the island to be a shiny shrine to himself.
In its midst stands a life-size waxwork of CR7 himself. Messi: Different kinds of fame »He was bought by Real Madrid to win "la decima," their long-cherished 10th European Cup, and his extra-time penalty against Atletico Madrid in 2014 sealed the deal at the end of a Champions League campaign in which he scored a record 17 goals.
Writers pen love letters to you, saying that seeing you play tennis is like a religious experience.
Even your rivals can't bring themselves to hate you, you're so darn nice.