These Are The Most Popular Players In Sports, Ranked By Fans

If you want to know the world’s most celebrated athletes are, look no further.

At least for now, LOL.

While you were busy rooting for your favorite fans and teams, 120 Sports and Ranker.com were occupied collecting data to figure out what athlete has the most pull, regarding their importance, marketing power, and overall relevance.

The result is 120 Sports’ Millennials’ Athlete Index, which aims to determine what athlete is the most significant to the NFL, the NBA, UFC, the NHL, MLB, The PGA, WTA, and NASCAR.

Ranker.com took a poll that ran from December 3, 2015, and January 15, 2016. Users cast both positive and negative votes on the rank of athletes while Ranker.com and 120 Sports designed an algorithm to balance various dimensions of agreement, popularity, and positivity.

The data revealed some interesting finds. The NFL had the most athletes overall on the list while the MLB landed four players in the Top 10. It wasn’t too bad for the ladies. Five female athletes made the index, and two of them were in the Top 20.


 

Check out 120 Sports’ Millennial Athlete Index Top Athletes

1. Stephen Curry, 27, NBA

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2. J.J. Watt, 26, NFL

3. Mike Trout, 24, MLB

4. Alex Morgan, 26, USWNT

5. Cam Newton, 26, NFL

6. Andrew McCutchen, 29, MLB

7. Lionel Messi, 28, La Liga

8. Kris Bryant, 24, MLB

9. Clayton Kershaw, 27, MLB

10. Antonio Brown, 27, NFL

11. Rob Gronkowski, 26, NFL

12. Jimmy Butler, 26, NBA

13. Ronda Rousey, 28, UFC

14. Kevin Durant, 27, NBA

15. Jonathan Toews, 27, NHL

16. Luke Kuechly, 24, NFL

17. Jordan Spieth, 22, PGA TOUR

18. Kristaps Porzingis, 20, NBA

19. Giancarlo Stanton, 26, MLB

20. Conor McGregor, 27, UFC

21. Carli Lloyd, 33, USWNT

22. Odell Beckham Jr., 23, NFL

23. Kobe Bryant, 37, NBA

24. Jake Arrieta, 29, MLB

25. Julio Jones, 26, NFL

26. Serena Williams, 34, WTA

27. Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, La Liga

28. Russell Westbrook, 27, NBA

29. Bryce Harper, 23, MLB

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30. LeBron James, 31, NBA

31. Russell Wilson, 27, NFL

32. Buster Posey, 28, MLB

33. Aaron Rodgers, 32, NFL

34. Le’Veon Bell, 23, NFL

35. Rickie Fowler, 27, PGA TOUR

36. Patrick Kane, 27, NHL

37. Tim Duncan, 39, NBA

38. Anthony Davis, 22, NBA

39. Henrik Lundqvist, 33, NHL

40. Danica Patrick, 33, NASCAR


 

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