Once again, this year's ESPN World Fame 100 is a ranking of some of the biggest names in sports. Here is everything you need to know about our list, from the usual suspects to those outside the top 100 who still have a compelling story to tell.
ESPN World Fame 100: The complete list
To identify the most famous athletes in the world, ESPN compiled a list of 800 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 78 countries. The names were ranked based on a formula that took into account three fame factors: Google search scores (how much an athlete spiked on his most-searched day as well as how much he was searched on average), endorsement dollars and social media following.
Lessons we learned from this year's list: Famous doesn't mean well-liked
She's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a blistering forehand: For all her growing fame, the world's No. 1 remains tough to define -- just the way she likes it. READ
He's adored in the U.K., envied by foes and on brand everywhere. The next step in the unified heavyweight champ's global domination plan? Winning in -- and over -- America. READ
He's baseball's best-known face and now its richest player. He's also a Philadelphia Phillie for life -- and, in this exclusive interview, he says that's just how he wants it. READ