Jamaica, June 8, 2017 – Kingston – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt moved up eight places and is now ranked as the seventh most popular athlete in the world, according to latest ESPN’s World Fame 100 List.
Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, is listed behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid and Portugal footballer; NBA player LeBron James; Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi; tennis star Roger Federer; golfer Phil Mickelson, and Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar.
The Jamaican, who boasts 30 million followers on social media (Facebook: 19 million, Instagram: 6.4 million, Twitter: 4.6 million) holds the world records in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay.
All is set for Bolt’s last two track events of his career, at the JN Racer’s Grand Prix in Kingston on June 10 and then later this year at the World Championships in London, England where he will officially retire.
Bolt brought in an estimated US$30 million in endorsement funds in 2016 and reportedly has a net worth of $60 million.