Most Popular Athletes in 2016

Most Popular Athletes in 2016


At the end of every year, sports analysts make comparisons and analyze how some of the best players performed in the season that’s coming to an end. And here it is. 2016 is almost over and congratulations on a successful season are in order for the best of the best. As with many previous years, some of the players deserved their place on our list again. So, for those of you who faithfully follow sports, take your eyes from Paddy Power Mobile for a second and check out this great list of even greater athletes in 2016.

  1. Christiano Ronaldo – Soccer
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Christiano Ronaldo | image credit – Wikimedia/Anish Morarji

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward in a Spanish club Real Madrid and who serves as captain of the Portuguese National Team. This best modern-day footballer is described as a fast, tricky, strong, skillful winger and striker who will take on any defender with his dribbling and pace. He hits his free kicks with power and pace, and is able to beat defenders off the dribble and cross the ball. He is able to score with his head and both feet. Nike and Castrol are his ardent admirers and the fact that he is the athlete with the most number of Facebook followers is the reason for landing a spot on our list.

  1. Lionel Messi – Soccer
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Lionel Messi | image credit – Wikimedia/Christopher Johnson

Only stands 5’7”, but this small package has definitely yielded some huge things. Time Magazine once hailed him as King Leo. He has incredible skills on the football field, and he is one of the most talented players in history. Messi is a dynamo and unstoppable scoring machine. He has won the Ballon d’Or as the World Player of the Year for four consecutive years. On the team front, name it and his club team probably has more than one copy of it – the Champions’ League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup. He is now more focused in helping out his native Argentina’s national team as well, having been appointed as team captain in their drive to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

  1. Usain Bolt – Sprinter
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Usain Bolt | image credit – Wikipedia/J. Brichto

For His Achievements in Sprinting he has been nicknamed “Lightning Bolt“. He is definitely among the Top 10 popular athletes in the world, which justifies his place on our list. This Jamaican sprinter is widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. The man with the appropriate name, Bolt makes sprinting look easy, often slowing down before the finish line but still breaking world records by a comfortable margin. He will then strike his lightning bolt pose for the world to see. Bolt is fast, and Puma moved the fastest in signing up the sprinter.

  1. Kobe Bryant – Basketball
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Kobe Bryant | image credit – Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Kobe Bean Bryant, nicknamed the “Black Mamba”, is an American professional basketball player. Formerly a high-flying dunker, Bryant is now a prolific jump shooter and phenomenal defender in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His confidence translates to him taking control of late game situations and his game winning shots are always mind blowing. Nobody can forget his 81 point game – a second most points scored in a game record. Bryant has won five championships and earned one MVP Award. After Jordan he is the most popular basketball player in America and equally popular in China.

  1. Novak Djokovic – Tennis
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Novak Djokovic | image credit – Wikimedia/Gavin Zau

Next on popular athletes, Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is ranked World No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He is the guy who broke the Federer-Nadal duopoly, and is already considered one of the all-time best. He has five majors, and he has broken into the endorsement business as well, signing up with Adidas, Audemars-Piguet and Mercedes Benz.