The question: Who is the most famous athlete in the world?
The answer? ... Well, that could vary vastly depending on who you ask.
But perhaps you are someone who desires a little more concrete evidence to support your claim or to assuage your curiosity. Fear not. ESPN's director of sports analytics, Ben Alamar, came up with a formula to help us make sense of the madness that is sports fandom.
He combined salary/winnings and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to give us "ESPN's World Fame 100" list ... aka who the cool kids are.
Only eight female athletes made the exclusive group, and you might be surprised by their rankings:
18. Maria Sharapova: The Russian tennis star, who has recently been plagued with a drug infraction, leads the charge for popular women in the field.
23. Ronda Rousey: Despite her crippling loss to Holly Holm, the UFC sensation still checks in toward the front of the pack.
25. Serena Williams: Just two spots behind Rousey is the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion. Surprised she isn't higher on the list? You're not alone.
41. Sania Mirza: The Indian tennis player is currently ranked No. 1 in the women's doubles rankings and top-50 in terms of fame.
55. Alex Morgan: With 3.5 million Instagram followers, the fact that the USWNT member and Olympic gold medalist secured a spot on the fame list doesn't come as much of a surprise.
63. Danica Patrick: The NASCAR driver has made a name for herself by holding her own in a predominantly male sport.
74. Venus Williams: She might not be as high on the list as her little sis, but Venus is still getting shown some serious love from her fans.
81. Lydia Ko: When you're not even 20 years old yet and you're on this list, you're probably doing something right.
See the full story and breakdown of the rankings: HERE
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