CRISTIANO RONALDO is the world’s most influential sports star, new data has revealed.

The 37-year-old Manchester United forward remains one of the biggest names in sport thanks to his incredible performances and longevity.

Ronaldo is the most searched sports star in the world

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Ronaldo is the most searched sports star in the worldCredit: EPA
The 10 most searched sports stars in the world

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The 10 most searched sports stars in the world
Messi is down in fifth but still has more than four million searches per month

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Messi is down in fifth but still has more than four million searches per monthCredit: AFP

And, as reported by betting.com, he is also the most searched sports star globally – by some distance.

On average, Ronaldo‘s name is searched 11 million times per month.

That is nearly five million more than the next biggest – which is American football player Ryan Ramczyk.

The 28-year-old offensive tackle receives 6.1m searches per month, a number which puts him marginally ahead of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar on 5.8m.

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Then comes NBA legend LeBron James on 5.3m – the only other sports star to be above 5m searches per month.

Ronaldo’s long-time rival Messi is down in fifth with 4.8m – which you would presume is a result of the Argentine being less of a “celebrity” than his Portuguese counterpart.

After Messi in the list is seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady on 4.3m.

And then comes the Formula One pair of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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Verstappen pipped Hamilton to the 2021 title in dramatic fashion, but it is the Brit who has the edge on this occasion – 3.9m to 3.8m.

Aaron Rodgers, a third NFL player, also made the top 10 most searched sports stars.

And rounding out the list is UFC superstar Conor McGregor – with the Irishman racking up a monthly average of 3.1m despite having not fought for nearly a year.

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