John Cena has been a major figure in the world of WWE for well over a decade.

he is a bonafide legend in the ring, and former holder of the WWE World Championship belt.

Cena is used to the adulation of fans who come to see him in arenas across the United States, but now he is officially the most popular US athlete - according to Facebook.

As reported by Fox sports, the 36-year old now has 18,641,974 'likes', taking him above Kobe Bryant who ranks in second with 17,998,855 'likes'.

The LA Lakers guard's long and illustrious career has seen him become a worldwide sports star - with huge followings in China and his own signature-shoe collection.

But Bryant has been on the sidelines for much of this season, suffering with a longstanding knee injury. 

And now it seems that the basketball stars popularity may be waning as the WWE star benefits from his organization's increasing popularity.

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