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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Fame 100: Hope Solo represents U.S. on 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.

The U.S. women's national team landed one player on our list:

No. 75: Hope Solo

Why she's got fame: Hope Solo might be the most dominant goalkeeper women's soccer has ever seen, but that's not what she's most famous for. That's a tossup between domestic assault charges, many controversial comments and multiple suspensions from U.S. Soccer. A polarizing figure who never has shied away from attention, Solo inspires love and hate in extremes. Her teammates have come to her defense: Abby Wambach told ESPN in 2015 that Solo "was turned into the villain" because, perhaps, "a villain was what the team needed." -- Elaine Teng

Read more about Solo and see the full ESPN World Fame 100 by clicking here.

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