World Fame 100: Bayer Leverkusen's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on list
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 endorsements with social media fan base and Google search popularity, he ranked the globe's most famous athletes in our second annual World Fame 100.
Bayer Leverkusen landed one player on our list:
No. 70: Javier Hernandez
Why he's got fame: Chicharito -- "Little pea," as he's known -- has played for some of the world's most popular teams in Chivas, Manchester United and Real Madrid and is now wowing the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. Yet first and foremost, Hernandez is the obsession of a country, not a club. Mexico was proud of him when he became the trailblazer who went to United; it turned on him when he spurned the Olympic team; and now it has fallen in love all over again with the man who in March equaled the national team record with his 46th international goal. -- Ian Chadband
Read more about Hernandez and see the full ESPN World Fame 100 by clicking here.