Top 10 athletes ranked by web presence
May, 22, 2012
By Zach McCann | ESPN.com
It might surprise you which athletes are making the biggest impact on the Internet.
Loic Venance/AFP/Getty ImagesLess than half of the web's 10 most influential athletes are American.
The people at PeekYou, a website that scores everyone with a Facebook, Twitter or blog -- so yes, probably even you -- based on an algorithm combining each person's following and activity put together a list of the ten most-influential sports figures in the world.
Less than half of the top-ten list is America. There are no NFL players. No baseball players. And there's one athlete on this list you may have never heard of. Click the jump to see the list.
The top ten, in reverse order:
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images10. Shaquille O'Neal: Retired NBA star, and a trailblazer in celebrity social networking. 9.57 / 10.00
WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images8. Sachin Tendulkar: Indian cricketer, and a household name overseas. 9.59 / 10.00
AP Photo/Darron Cummings7. LeBron James: Superstar player for the NBA's Miami Heat. 10.00 / 10.00
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images6. Roger Federer: Winner of a record 16 men's Grand Slam tennis finals. 10.00 / 10.00
David Ramos/Getty Images5. Lionel Messi: Captain of the Argentina national soccer team. 10.00 / 10.00
AP Photo/Bob Leverone4. Michael Jordan : Retired basketball superstar, widely considered greatest ever. 10.00 / 10.00
Mark D. Smith/US Presswire3. Kobe Bryant: Shooting guard for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. 10.00 / 10.00
Kirby Lee/US Presswire2. David Beckham: English soccer player, model, all-around famous guy. 10.00 / 10.00
Javier Soriano/Getty Images1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Captain of the Portugal national soccer team. 10.00 / 10.00