The 20 most famous athletes in the world

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No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Sport: Soccer

Country: Portugal

Salary: $52.2 million

Endorsements: $27.0 million

Facebook likes: 111.4 million

Twitter followers: 42.1 million

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No. 2 LeBron James

No. 2 LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $23.0 million

Endorsements: $44.0 million

Facebook likes: 22.5 million

Twitter followers: 31.2 million

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No. 3 Lionel Messi

No. 3 Lionel Messi

Sport: Soccer

Country: Argentina

Salary: $48.5 million

Endorsements: $22.0 million

Facebook likes: (does not have a Facebook page)

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)

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No. 4 Neymar Jr.

No. 4 Neymar Jr.

Sport: Soccer

Country: Brazil

Salary: $14.7 million

Endorsements: $17.0 million

Facebook likes: 56.6 million

Twitter followers: 21.9 million

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No. 5 Roger Federer

No. 5 Roger Federer

Sport: Tennis

Country: Switzerland

Salary: $9.0 million

Endorsements: $58.0 million

Facebook likes: 14.5 million

Twitter followers: 4.8 million

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No. 6 Kevin Durant

No. 6 Kevin Durant

Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $20.2 million

Endorsements: $35.0 million

Facebook likes: 10.2 million

Twitter followers: 13.6 million

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No. 7 Tiger Woods

No. 7 Tiger Woods

Sport: Golf

Country: United States

Salary: $1.0 million

Endorsements: $50.0 million

Facebook likes: 3.1 million

Twitter followers: 5.8 million

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No. 8 James Rodriguez

No. 8 James Rodriguez

Sport: Soccer

Country: Colombia

Salary: $21.4 million

Endorsements: $4.5 million

Facebook likes: 30.1 million

Twitter followers: 9.7 million

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No. 9 Rafael Nadal

No. 9 Rafael Nadal

Sport: Tennis

Country: Spain

Salary: $4.5 million

Endorsements: $28.0 million

Facebook likes: 14.7 million

Twitter followers: 9.4 million

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No. 10 Kobe Bryant

No. 10 Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Country: United States

Salary: $25.0 million

Endorsements: $26.0 million

Facebook likes: 21.3 million

Twitter followers: 9.4 million

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No. 11 Gareth Bale

No. 11 Gareth Bale

Sport: Soccer

Country: Wales

Salary: $25.5 million

Endorsements: $9.5 million

Facebook likes: 26.1 million

Twitter followers: 8.2 million

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No. 12 Phil Mickelson

No. 12 Phil Mickelson

Sport: Golf

Country: United States

Salary: $2.8 million

Endorsements: $48.0 million

Facebook likes: (does not have a Facebook page)

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)

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No. 13 MS Dhoni

No. 13 MS Dhoni

Sport: Cricket

Country: India

Salary: $4.0 million

Endorsements: $27.0 million

Facebook likes: 18.4 million

Twitter followers: 5.4 million

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No. 14 Usain Bolt

No. 14 Usain Bolt

Sport: Track and Field

Country: Jamaica

Salary: $0 million

Endorsements: $21.0 million

Facebook likes: 17.2 million

Twitter followers: 4.0 million

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No. 15 Novak Djokovic

No. 15 Novak Djokovic

Sport: Tennis

Country: Serbia

Salary: $17.2 million

Endorsements: $31.0 million

Facebook likes: 6.6 million

Twitter followers: 5.3 million

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No. 16 Wayne Rooney

No. 16 Wayne Rooney

Sport: Soccer

Country: England

Salary: $19.9 million

Endorsements: $7.0 million

Facebook likes: 25.4 million

Twitter followers: 12.9 million

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No. 17 Maria Sharapova

No. 17 Maria Sharapova

Sport: Tennis

Country: Russia

Salary: $6.7 million

Endorsements: $23.0 million

Facebook likes: 15.5 million

Twitter followers: 2.2 million

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No. 18 Mesut Özil

No. 18 Mesut Özil

Sport: Soccer

Country: Germany

Salary: $12.8 million

Endorsements: $6.5 million

Facebook likes: 30.0 million

Twitter followers: 10.7 million

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No. 19 Rory McIlroy

No. 19 Rory McIlroy

Sport: Golf

Country: Northern Ireland

Salary: $16.3 million

Endorsements: $32.0 million

Facebook likes: 1.1 million

Twitter followers: 2.9 million

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No. 20 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

No. 20 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sport: Soccer

Country: Sweden

Salary: $33.1 million

Endorsements: $6.0 million

Facebook likes: 24.3 million

Twitter followers: (does not have a Twitter page)

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