Ronaldo, Messi, McGregor, Hamilton: World's 10 most influential sports stars named

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the most influential sports person in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a remarkable career.

Ronaldo has established himself as one of the world’s greatest ever footballers over the past few decades.

He’s played for some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

The Portuguese superstar has had incredible success wherever he has gone and shattered record-after-record.

Now 37, Ronaldo continues to play at the highest level in England for United. Despite turning 38 next February, he is showing no signs of slowing down and could well play into his 40s.

Ronaldo is idolised by millions of people from around the globe. And a study has emerged which shows the extent of his fanbase., using data from, have named the 10 most influential sports stars in the world at the moment based on how much they are searched on the internet per-month.

And Ronaldo finds himself first by a massive distance. View the world’s 10 most searched athletes below…

10. Conor McGregor (UFC) – 3.1 million searches per-month

Conor McGregor
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland walks in the octagon before his lightweight bought against :Dustin Poirier during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

9. Aaron Rodgers (NFL) – 3.7 million searches per-month

8. Max Verstappen (Formula 1) – 3.8 million searches per-month

7. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) – 3.9 million searches per-month

6. Tom Brady (NFL) – 4.3 million searches per-month

5. Lionel Messi (Football) – 4.5 million searches per-month

Lionel Messi in action for PSG
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 09: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

4. LeBron James (Basketball) – 5.3 million searches per-month

3. Neymar (Football) – 5.8 million searches per-month

2. Ryan Ramczyk (NFL) – 6.1 million searches per-month

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) – 11 million searches per-month

Love him or loathe him, Ronaldo’s influence simply is unmatched.

The Manchester United star is well out in front and is searched nearly five million times more per-month than any other athlete in the world.

Ramczyk, an offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints, is a surprise inclusion in second.


Messi isn’t even the second most searched footballer in the world, with Neymar being searched 1.3 million times more per-month than him.

Hamilton is seventh, just above fierce rival Verstappen.

While McGregor, who has not entered the Octagon since suffering a broken leg against Dustin Poirier in July 2021, just about sneaks into the top 10.

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