World Fame 100: Belgium's Eden Hazard makes list of popular athletes
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.
Belgium landed one player on our list:
No. 78: Eden Hazard
Why he's got fame: If Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best in the world -- in whatever order -- is it perhaps time to put Hazard, the breathtakingly quicksilver, slaloming Chelsea star, in the argument for the third man? After his inexplicably flat season following his coronation as 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year, he has soared to fresh heights again, making redundant all the old jokes about the difficulty of naming a famous Belgian. At this rate, even Eddy Merckx had better watch out, especially if Real Madrid end up breaking the world transfer record to take Eden to their Bernabeu paradise. -- Ian Chadband
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