World Fame 100: Colombia's James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao make 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.
Colombia landed two players on our list:
No. 27: James Rodriguez
Why he's got fame: Colombia's baby-faced star of the 2014 World Cup has found it hard to live up to that initial piece of global showstopping in the unforgiving goldfish bowl that is Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium. Paraded with grand fanfare after winning the Golden Boot for his six World Cup goals, including the extraordinary chest-and-swivel volley that won him the Puskas Award for best of the year, it's all rather gone downhill with the man who's named after James Bond looking grumpily shaken and stirred by his lack of playing time. Still, his luminous ability will ensure no lack of suitors if the widely predicted parting comes this summer. -- Ian Chadband
No. 46: Radamel Falcao
Why he's got fame: Did we dare suggest last year that "El Tigre" had lost his roar and become a bit of a toothless tabby? Well, the great news is that Falcao has this season at Monaco rewound the clock, after his miserable interlude at Manchester United and Chelsea, to remind us of when he was one of the world's deadliest strikers before the ACL injury that made him miss the 2014 World Cup. In particular, the goal he chipped against Manchester City in this season's Champions League was simply exquisite. Colombia has its idol back. -- Ian Chadband
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