Given that we derive so much of our identity from the teams we support and the numbered jersey of our favourite player, it’s no wonder that in recent years, sports stars have amassed a following bigger than most Hollywood A-listers. From the basketball courts to the NFL and tennis court, today’s sports stars aren’t so much celebrities as they are some kind of demigod, possessing even the ability to leave stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jerry Seinfeld awe struck (just watch The Last Dance for evidence).
With the sort of athletic prowess and skill that sees their talent watched by audiences around the world, sports stars have transcended the field and become global names in their own right. But if you ever wondered just who ranked amongst the top as most searched for athlete, the good folks at SportsShoes.com have done the hard work for you. New research using Google data has shown just which sports stars are the most searched in different countries around the world. The result found that MMA ranks highest in terms of searches for global female sports stars, and it was Ronda Rousey who took out the top spot with more than 21 million global searches - almost double the amount of annual global searches than footballer Alex Morgan, who came in at second place.
The data found that Rousey topped the list in 93 different countries around the world having become a global sensation in the sport and even starring in the likes of Hollywood blockbusters like Entourage. Though Rousey was originally trained in judo, she began to pursue a career in MMA where she went on to set the record for most UFC title defences by a woman, losing only twice in the entirety of her professional MMA career.
Coming in third on the list is Serena Williams, making it an all-American top three for most searched global female sports stars. Williams holds a jaw-dropping 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, only the second highest of all time and there’s still much left in the tank.
The list certainly favours those in MMA, with many a mixed martial arts star taking out a spot in the top 10. Thankfully, Australian cricket star Ellyse Perry did crack the top 20, taking out the 16th spot on the list with 2,530,550 searches globally. Read on for the top 10.