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ESPN World Fame 100: Ben Roethlisberger at No. 98

We asked Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, to figure out the most famous athletes in the world. Using a formula that combines athlete paychecks - salary and endorsements - with social media fan base and Google search popularity, he ranked the world's 100 most famous athletes. Here is the ESPN World Fame 100.


IT'S GOOD TO BE: The youngest quarterback ever to win the Super Bowl, which Roethlisberger was when he steered the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL victory over the Seahawks at the age of 23. He added a second championship three years later to stamp himself as an all-time winner in a city whose football tradition demands the very best. Roethlisberger's early-career fame was not of the best variety, as off-field issues earned him a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season. But he's managed to stay out of trouble since, and his fame has increased for on-field, football-related reasons.