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Bolt ranked as seventh most popular athlete on the planet

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 4:07 PM

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 star LeBron James, Argentina's Barcelona star 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. 

He will hang up his spikes later this year at the World Championships in London, England. Bolt brought in an estimated US$30 million in endorsement funds. 

Bolt was ranked as the 15th most popular athlete in the world in last years ESPN World Fame 100 list. 

The ESPN World Fame 100 is a statistical analysis, of the most famous athletes in the world. Things taken into account include the annual Forbes' list of the highest paid athletes with weight also going to endorsement deals, social media following and Google search popularity.