The data for each athlete in the pool was then fed into a formula created by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar that weighs athletes' endorsements, their following on the social media Big Three (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Google search popularity, producing a comparative ranking system.
Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of analytics, devised a formula that combines endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings.
(Note: NA means either an athlete doesn't have an official account for a social media site or an accurate endorsement figure could not be confirmed.) is our annual attempt to create a ranking, through statistical analysis, of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet.
Bolt has won eight Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 4x100 relay, the most for any sprinter (it would have been nine if a 2008 Jamaican relay teammate hadn't failed a doping test), and holds the world record in the 100 (9.58 seconds) and the 200 (19.19).
Bolt, 30, will get considerable attention this summer during and after the world championships in London, which he has said will be his final competition.
He looks directly at you, says, 'Thank you,' stops to talk, makes you feel that it's no chore for him." -- Colleen Taylor, one of Federer's many devoted followers, on how he treats his fans He has won five majors.
In the era of Tiger Woods and with 11 runner-up finishes in majors, that tends to be both overlooked and underrated. 18 on Forbes' 2016 list of America's richest celebrities with a net worth of 5 million, beating Barbra Streisand by one spot.
We started with Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid athletes and expanded the pool from there using a variety of domestic and international sources to make sure we didn't overlook any legitimate candidates.
(You can find the 2016 World Fame 100 here.) We also sought input from ESPN journalists around the world, including colleagues in our bureaus in Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
Last year, it was to deliver the dream finale to Brazil's Olympics with the glorious free kick and winning shootout penalty against Germany to earn gold.
This year, it was inspiring the greatest comeback in the game's annals for Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League with an individual tour de force that Liverpool great Steve Gerrard hailed as one of the greatest he'd ever seen.
And he'd won only 10 of his Grand Slams at the time.