Virat Kohli world’s seventh most famous athlete—and India’s top 9 sportstars
Virat Kohli jumped four ranks to claim the seventh spot in the 2019 ESPN World Fame 100, which lists the most famous athletes in the world sport.
The compilation is done on three criteria: an athlete's social media following, their Google Trend score and the amount of money that they bring in through endorsement deals.
The five time Ballon d’Or champion Cristiano Ronaldo took the crown as the world's most famous sporting icon for four consecutive years. Nine Indian sport stars, including MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin, featured in the top 100 list, making their way past 800 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 78 countries.