news / ESPN World Fame 100: Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 40; Eli Manning 66th

We asked Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, to figure out the most famous athletes in the world. Using a formula that combines athlete paychecks - salary and endorsements - with social media fan base and Google search popularity, he ranked the world's 100 most famous athletes. Here is the ESPN World Fame 100.

Two players from the New York Giants made our list:

No. 40 Odell Beckham Jr.

IT'S GOOD TO BE: The NFL's king of the circus catch, the sideline toe-tapping catch, and the one-handed touchdown catch. The New York Giants' receiver now draws almost as many fans to his acrobatic pregame warmups as Golden State's Steph Curry does for his pregame dribbling/shooting exhibitions. Fans know to arrive early.

No. 66 Eli Manning

IT'S GOOD TO BE: A two-time Super Bowl winner playing in America's largest media market and a member of the first family of quarterbacking. Those championship rings conveniently obscure a current four-year playoff drought and 199 (!) career interceptions.


Johnette Howard | | June 1, 2016