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Conor McGregor Hits Lofty Heights On ESPN List Of World’s Most Famous Athletes

According to a list published by ESPN today, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is the 25th most famous athlete on the planet.

‘The World Fame 100’ is a list published by ESPN annually and is derived by using “a formula that combines endorsements¬†with social media following and internet search popularity”.

The Dubliner jumped up 12 spots on the list from last year, but he still finished behind fellow UFC star Ronda Rousey, who placed 23rd in 2016 and 16th this year despite a recent lack of success inside the octagon. The pair are joined on the list by another giant of MMA, Brazil’s Anderson Silva, who at the ripe old age of 42 surprisingly managed to land in 39th spot.

Rousey is still MMA’s most famous athlete despite recent tribulations inside the cage.

There was no place on this year’s list for Conor McGregor’s media sparring partner Floyd Mayweather Jr., as he is supposedly retired, but the American defensive maestro’s old foes Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez both made the top 100, taking 59th and 89th respectively. The Filipino southpaw and the Mexican Pay-per-view star were the only boxers included.

Aside from McGregor, the only other Irish sports star to make the cut was golfer Rory McIlroy, who took 14th.

The top 10 reads as follows;

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. LeBron James
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Roger Federer
  5. Phil Mickelson
  6. Neymar
  7. Usain Bolt
  8. Kevin Durant
  9. Rafael Nadal
  10. Tiger Woods

You can view the entire list here.

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