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.
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.
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.
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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.