India captain Virat Kohli, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and left-handed batsmen, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina are the only Indians who featured in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 most famous active athletes in the world.
In the list, Virat kohli has been placed in the 13th spot, Dhoni in the 15th spot and Yuvrai and Raina in the 90th and 95th places respectively.
The first place in the list was occupied by Portuguese footballer Christiano Ronaldo followed by Lebron James, soccer star Lionel Messi, tennis star Roger Federer, Phil Mickelson, Neymar, Usain Bolt, Kevin Durant, Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods in that order.
Other prominent personalities who figured in the list includes Ryan Lochte, and Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray etc.
The ranking system is based on a formula devised by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar. They are based on the parameters like endorsements, social media reach and other data. This is ESPN’s second annual ranking of the biggest name in sports. The first edition of the list was published in 2016.