World Fame 100: Spain's Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas 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.
Spain landed two players on our list:
No. 37: Andres Iniesta
Why he's got fame: Hail the Fred Astaire of world soccer. Those mesmeric feet might not be tripping the light fantastic at Barcelona's Camp Nou as regularly as they once did as damnable age pursues him, but the shy genius can still exert a magical hold over us all. It was fitting that a man described by Sir Alex Ferguson as "a perfect player," but one who might have lived in the shadow of Messi in the Barca dream factory, will always have his 2010 World Cup final-winning goal for Spain in Johannesburg as the exclamation mark to his beautiful career. -- Ian Chadband
No. 54: Cesc Fabregas
Why he's got fame: Few have the vision and skill to pick a pass quite like the intelligent Spanish midfielder who has won everything in the game except a Champions League winner's medal -- and that could arrive next season if he continues to play a key part in Chelsea's flowering. Manager Antonio Conte did not have much use for Fabregas at the start of his reign, but when the former Arsenal and Barcelona playmaker got the chance, he made enough telling interventions to be indispensable. You don't earn 13 trophies without being a serial winner. -- Ian Chadband
Read more about Iniesta and Fabregas and see the full ESPN World Fame 100 by clicking here.