Bolt has won eight Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 4x100 relay, the most for any sprinter (it would have been nine if a 2008 Jamaican relay teammate hadn't failed a doping test), and holds the world record in the 100 (9.58 seconds) and the 200 (19.19).Bolt, 30, will get considerable attention this summer during and after the world championships in London, which he has said will be his final competition.The data for each athlete in the pool was then fed into a formula created by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar that weighs athletes' endorsements, their following on the social media Big Three (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Google search popularity, producing a comparative ranking system.The analysis includes five categories: endorsement money, Twitter followers, Instagram followers, Facebook followers and Google Trends score.The likeness was so bad, even Ronaldo had to laugh at himself -- not something you can say too often.-- Ian Chadband "He's a world star in soccer like Michael Jordan was in basketball. That's James' career arc in his home state of Ohio.Last year, it was to deliver the dream finale to Brazil's Olympics with the glorious free kick and winning shootout penalty against Germany to earn gold.
In the era of Tiger Woods and with 11 runner-up finishes in majors, that tends to be both overlooked and underrated. 18 on Forbes' 2016 list of America's richest celebrities with a net worth of 5 million, beating Barbra Streisand by one spot.For special situations (esports and China) we used two additional categories: other social media -- for when the athlete was more relevant on a platform outside the Big Three (Twitch, for example, although no gamers made the top 100) -- and, in China's case, Baidu search score, because Google is blocked there.Salary is not used as a factor because of differences among sports. We have also excluded amateur athletes -- Deshaun Watson, Lonzo Ball and Katie Ledecky, for example -- due to lack of salary and endorsements.For example, players in a league with a salary cap would be at an unfair disadvantage when measured against players in uncapped leagues. The social media followings and Google Trend scores (which show relative popularity based on how often names are searched on a scale of 0 to 100) were as of April 19. Contributors: Primary research by Sachin Dave Chandan and Charlotte Gibson.Endorsement dollars, however, reflect the ability to draw attention -- which is a good way to define fame. (Note: Where categories in the profiles are marked as NA, the athlete either doesn't have an official account for that social media site or an accurate endorsement figure could not be confirmed.) Retired athletes are not included. Additional research by Sam Bruce, Jayaditya Gupta, Sam Lyon, Richard Maguire, James Martin, Gueorgui Milkov, Fernando Olivieri, Darren Rovell, Sripath Srinath, Xin Wan, Qixin Wang, Andy Withers and Ricardo Zanei. That's where soccer's peacock would still expect to be, his glory as one of the all-time great players still dazzling us as much as his ego, even if a few boos from Real Madrid's absurdly spoiled fans have this season hinted at CR7's fading powers at 32.