Every single athlete today has some form of social media. The main social media services used by athletes are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It has become an integral part of today’s athlete as it helps the athlete easily connect with fans. Athletes also use social media to help expand and grow their brand. The superstar athletes usually have the most fans and followers due to their popularity and celebrity status.
Today we will have a look at 20 Most Famous Sports Personalities In The World ,based on their social media followers.
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Maria Sharapova is a Russian female tennis player who is one of the most famous and well known tennis players. Her playing career started at the age of 14 and during her career she has won many Grand Slam titles. She is one of 10 women to achieve a career Gland Slam and she is also an Olympic silver medalist.
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19.David Villa (Footballer)
David Villa Sánchez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and also serves as captain for New York City FC in Major League Soccer. He is famous for being one of the key players of the Spanish team that won the 2008 European championships and the 2010 World Cup. During the 2008 European championships he was the top scorer and at the 2010 World Cup he earned the Silver Boot. He became a superstar when he became Spain’s all time goal scorer with 59 goals in 97 international matches.He has retired from International football.
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18.Mahendra Singh Dhoni(Cricket)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.Born is Ranchi,Dhoni led India to Cricket World Cup in 2011.He is also the most Successful Indian Cricket Captain.
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Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, CD is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977.Bolt is the most fastest man in the world who set world records in both 100 and 200 meters races during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the 2012 London Olympics he became the first man to win both gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters races in consecutive Olympics.
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Gerard Piqué is another famous Spanish soccer player. He currently plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is a part of the national team. He was also one of the key players on the Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European championship.
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Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.The longtime NBA superstar is widely regarded as one of the best NBA players of all time. The Los Angeles Laker has become one of the career leaders in points and is a 5 time NBA Champion. He is also a two time Olympic gold medalist.
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LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.The king of the Cavaliers is a four time NBA MVP and a two time NBA Champion. He is also a two time Olympic gold medalist. LeBron James has been famous since he was a teenager, establishing himself as the most dominant player in the NBA.
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Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is the current captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs formats.He is regarded as one of the best players in Cricket,currently.
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Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. He rose to super stardom in the 2008 European championships and continued his success in the 2010 World Cup when he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands. He was named Player of the Tournament in the 2012 European championships. Also in 2012, he won the UEFA Player in Europe award ahead of stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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11.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar(Cricket)
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He started his cricket career at the age of 16 and became the youngest Test cricketer. In 2005, he became the first cricketer to score 35 centuries (100 runs in a single inning) in Test play. In 2007 Tendulkar reached another major milestone, becoming the first player to record 15,000 runs in one-day international play.He has retired from all forms of International Cricket.
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Michael Jordan is an NBA legend who is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time. Born on the 17th of February, 1963, he played for 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards.Michael Jordan is simply idolized by his millions of fans and sports fans worldwide. It seems fans still like Mike.
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Mesut Özil is a German professional soccer player. Born on the 15th of October, 1988, he is currently a part of the English club Arsenal. Besides, he is part of the of the German national soccer team, which he joined in 2009. He emerged as a rising star during the 2010 World Cup where he helped Germany achieve a top three finish and earned a spot among 10 nominees for the Golden Ball award.He became a world cup winner in 2014.
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Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. He grabbed 33 goals in his 97 appearances for the Brazil national football team. He was part of the squad of Brazilian national team that emerged victorious in the World Cup 2002. That very year, he was inducted the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. Ronaldinho was on the list of FIFA 100 compiled by Pelé, and was inducted in the FIFPro World XI from 2005 to 2007 consecutively.
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Another fellow Brazilian soccer player Ricardo Kaká continues soccer players’ dominance on this list.He along with Ronaldinho was a part of the Brazilian national team that won the World Cup in 2002. He became a superstar in 2007, when he was the top scorer for Italian club Milan and led his team to Champions League and World Cup titles. He won many awards in that year such as the European FootBaller of the Year, World Soccer Player of the year, FIFA World Cup Best Player, and FIFA World Player of the Year.
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John Felix Anthony Cena, who popular as John Cena, is an American professional wrestler, and also a popular rapper and actor. Born on the 23rd of April, 1977, He began his career in the franchise player of World Wrestling Entertainment in 2005. He clinched the WWE World Heavyweight Championship 12 times, setting a world record. He also achieved the WWE United States Championship three times and became the Tag Team Champion four times. He achieved the Royal Rumble twice and won the Money in the Bank ladder match in 2012. John Cena is known to be a huge Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur fan. Cena is known for his muscle car collection with more than 20 one-of-a-kind cars.
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5.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson(Wrestler)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also another wrestler who became a star during his time at the WWE. He is known as “The Rock” and famously feuded with wrestler Steve Austin. He won the WWE title eight times. Dwayne Johnson was able to transcend his successful wrestling career, becoming a Hollywood actor. He has been in many films and his film career has also been a success. In fact, it has he was Hollywood’s highest grossing actor at the box office in 2014.
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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who is popular as just Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. Born on the 5th of February, 1992, he is currently a part of the Spanish club FC Barcelona where he plays as a forward or a winger. Besides, he is the captain of the Brazilian national soccer team. His first South American Footballer of the Year award came his way at the age of just 19 years in 2011, as he later achieved it again in 2012. He won the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year in 2011.
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David Beckham is an English soccer legend who gained fame in 1997 when he was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. A year later, he was one of the leading faces of England’s World Cup team. He was the first English player to win titles in four countries (England, Spain, US and France). He was inducted in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players in the world, in 2004. In 2002, in an article by Simpson published on Salon.com, he was described as “the biggest metrosexual in Britain”.
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Lionel Messi needs no introduction, widely recognized for being one of the best players in soccer.Born on the 24th of June, 1987, he is currently a part of the Spanish club FC Barcelona where he plays as the forward. Besides, he is the captain of the Argentine national soccer team. His first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nomination came his way at the age of just 21 years, as he went on to receive it for the first time first time in 2009 and later achieved it 4 more times.He is argubly the greatest footballer ever!
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Cristiano Ronaldo has already become a legend for Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Cristiano Ronaldo is often ranked as the best in the world alongside Lionel Messi. He has won many championships and won many awards in his career. He set records while playing for both Manchester United and Real Madrid.He is a special player.
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