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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Top 10 athletes ranked by web presence

By Zach McCann

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Less than half of the web's 10 most influential athletes are American.
It might surprise you which athletes are making the biggest impact on the Internet.

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:

Shaquille O'Neal
10. Shaquille O'Neal: Retired NBA star, and a trailblazer in celebrity social networking. 9.57 / 10.00
9. Rafael Nadal: Winner of 10 Grand Slam men's tennis finals. 9.58 / 10.00
Sachin Tendulkar
8. Sachin Tendulkar: Indian cricketer, and a household name overseas. 9.59 / 10.00
7. LeBron James: Superstar player for the NBA's Miami Heat. 10.00 / 10.00
Roger Federer
6. Roger Federer: Winner of a record 16 men's Grand Slam tennis finals. 10.00 / 10.00
Lionel Messi
5. Lionel Messi: Captain of the Argentina national soccer team. 10.00 / 10.00
Michael Jordan
4. Michael Jordan : Retired basketball superstar, widely considered greatest ever. 10.00 / 10.00
Kobe Bryant
3. Kobe Bryant: Shooting guard for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. 10.00 / 10.00
2. David Beckham: English soccer player, model, all-around famous guy. 10.00 / 10.00
Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Captain of the Portugal national soccer team. 10.00 / 10.00