Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in top 10, Yuvraj Singh 18th on ESPN World Fame 100 list

India skipper Virat Kohli, former captain MS Dhoni and 2011 World Cup Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh are among the 11 cricketers to find their names in this year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list.

Kohli, the top-ranked batsman in Tests and ODIs, is at seventh place in the list of the 100 top sportspersons across the globe. Dhoni comes in next at 13th, followed by Yuvraj at 18th.

Kohli’s annual endorsements are valued at $20 million, less than Dhoni’s at $28 million and Yuvraj’s at $31 million.

After Portugal football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at No 1, the top five are made up of NBA great Lebron James, football icons Lionel Messi and Neymar and Mixed Martial Art fighter Conor McGregor.

At No 6 is Roger Federer, the all-time men’s singles Grand Slam winner.

Outside the top 20 global athletes, the other cricketers are India’s Suresh Raina (22), R Ashwin (42), Rohit Sharma (46), Harbhajan Singh (74) and Shikhar Dhawan (94) and the Bangladesh trio of Shakib Al Hasan (90), Mushfiqur Rahim (92) and Mashrafe Mortaza (98).

The list is based on three fame factors – a sportsperson’s Google trend score, endorsement dollars and social media followers.