Popularity means being able to surpass topographical and race margins. You know that you are no more a common person when your name rings in East and West. During the height of Muhammad Ali’s reign in the 1970s, his name was being recited from New York and London to Kinshasa in Zaire and Manila in the Philippines. To be bestowed with extra ordinary skills counts a lot but playing the most thrilling sport, having billions of compatriots to back you up would always make you feel the Best. So here are the ten most popular athletes in the world, the ones that advertisers would choose to sign up for their exquisite endorsements. Now we move towards top 10 most famous athletes of the world in 2013.
10. Yani Tseng
The Taiwanese on the list is not Jeremy Lin, but Yani Tseng. Tseng has already won five majors. She has been Player of the Year 2012 twice, and it can be assumed that she will win many more, as she is still only 23. This prophesies well for Acer and Taiwan Mobile, who both have signed her up for lucrative deals.
9. Tim Tebow
Country: United States
Sport: American Football
He attained fame as a river flows in flood. BUT the team didn’t have faith in him, however, and sent him to the New York Jets. Through it all, he has made Tebow-ing part of our terminology, as it reflects his conviction in God. Nike and Jockey have kept their confidence in him. He is the most popular Football player in United States.
8. Sebastian Vettel
Sport: Bike Riding
At only 25 years old, a stunning youngest champion of F1 and even the youngest double champion .This year, he is on track to be the youngest triple champion. All those Red Bull must be stimulating him to keep breaking new records.
7. Novak Djokovic
The guy who broke the Federer-Nadal duopoly, Djokovic is already considered as one of the all-time best. He has five majors, and he has broken into the countersignature business as well, signing up with Adidas, Audemars-Piguet and Mercedes Benz.
6. Blake Griffin
Country: United States
He makes video game moves come to life. Yes, Griffin’s dunks are so amazing that he can fill up his own top ten dunks. He has made the Clippers respectable, and Kia, AT&T and Subway have all taken notice. Blake is 6th most popular sportsman in the world.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United retorted him up from Sporting Clube when he was 18. Real Madrid retorted him up for $130 million dollars. And he has not disappointed, snapping goals with such regularity as the lynchpin of Real’s ouster of Barcelona as the kings of Spain. He is the athlete with the most number of Facebook followers. Nike and Castrol are fervent aficionados as well.
4. Usain Bolt
The man with the appropriate name, Bolt makes sprinting look easy, often slowing down before the finish line but still breaking world records by a comfortable margin. He will then strike his lightning bolt pose for the world to see. Bolt is fast, and Puma moved the fastest in signing up the sprinter.
3. Lionel Messi
He has awe-inspiring expertise on the football field, and he is the most endowed player for one of the most gifted football teams ever amassed in history in Barcelona. Quiet and self-effacing off the pitch, Messi is a dynamo and unstoppable scoring machine on it. He has won the Ballon d’Or as the World Player of the Year three times. He is now more focused in helping out his native Argentina’s national team as well, having been appointed as team captain in their drive to qualify for the World Cup in 2014. Companies have recognized Messi’s appeal, and Pepsi, EA Sports and many others have signed him up.
2. Rory McIlroy
Country: Northern Ireland
Just a couple of months after shooting one of the worst final rounds in major golf history, the kid from Northern Ireland picked himself up and won the US Open. Still only 23, he won a second major earlier this year when he bagged the US PGA crown. He has countersignatures with Nike, Jumeirah Estates, Oakley, Audemars Piguet and Santander
He is being touted as the next Pele’. At such a young age, Neymar is already being claimed as even better than Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer phenomenon. And to think that he is only 20 years old and still not playing in the big leagues in Europe, although certainly not because of a lack of interest. The huge-spending clubs, such as Barcelona and Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga and Chelsea and Manchester City of England’s Premier League, have all queried and are ready to place a record-breaking bid for the Brazilian play-maker. But he is biding his time and remains loyal to his Brazilian club Santos. Panasonic, Volkswagen, Red Bull, Unilever and Nike have already compressed everybody else to the draw. The most popular sportsman in the world is Neymar.