Ronaldo Beats Messi, LeBron James in 2023 List of World’s Most Searched Athletes

Ronaldo Beats Messi, LeBron James in 2023 List of World’s Most Searched Athletes

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at October 24, 2023 at 10:19 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the most searched athletes in the world
  • NBA star, Lebron James and tennis sensation, Carlos Alcaraz also made the list
  • Rafael Nadal, Jude Bellingham, and Max Verstappen are a few stars who missed out

Cristiano Ronaldo is still the most famous athlete in the world, ahead of football rival Lionel Messi and NBA superstar Lebron James after the 2023 Google search list was released.

The Al-Nassr star has garnered over 199 million searches on Google and all social networks in statistics released on Monday, October 23, by the OLBG team.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the most searched athlete of 2023 ahead of Lionel Messi and Lebron James. Photo by Anadolu Agency
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According to MARCA, five footballers made the 2023 list of the top 10 most searched athletes in the world, with Ronaldo ahead of football rival Lionel Messi, who was ranked third on the list.

Neymar, who is currently out injured, is ranked second, while NBA superstar Lebron James and cricket icon Virat Kohli are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kylian Mbappe, Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Erling Haaland, and Lewis Hamilton complete the list of the top 10 most searched athletes of 2023.

10 most-searched-for athletes

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 199.4m (football)

2. Neymar - 140.9m (football)

3. Lionel Messi - 104.4m (football)

4. LeBron James - 72.1m (NBA)

5. Virat Kohli - 68.0m (cricket)

6. Kylian Mbappe - 63.7m (football)

7. Carlos Alcaraz - 60.0m (tennis)

8. Novak Djokovic - 58.4m (tennis)

9. Erling Haaland - 43.4m (football)

10. Lewis Hamilton - 34.9m (Formula 1)

Ronaldo hailed as world's best

Meanwhile, Al-Nassr manager, Luis Castro has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's work ethic and has hailed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as the world’s best due to his work ethic, Sportskeeda reports.

Castro explained that he does not need to demand anything from the Portuguese icon, who acts as a leader and demands the best from his teammates in every way.

Ronaldo has bagged 26 goals and eight assists in 31 games across all competitions this season.

Ronaldo deserves more Ballon d’Ors

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ronaldo says he deserves to win more Ballon d'Or awards than his long-time rival, Lionel Messi.

The two football icons have dominated the sport for years, with fans, pundits, and even fellow players not agreeing on who between the duo is better.

Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the football GOATs, thanks to what they have achieved over the years in their respective careers.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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