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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