Cristiano Ronaldo became the №1 in the ranking of the most popular athlets - Inc News
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Cristiano Ronaldo became the №1 in the ranking of the most popular athlets

His long time rival Lionel Messi was in the top five.

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list of the most popular athletes.

SportsPro, which compiled it, evaluated three criteria: brand strength, income and popularity.

Second place went to tennis player Serena Williams, third to Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, fourth to basketball player LeBron James and fifth to Lionel Messi.