Who are the most famous athletes on the planet? Ben Alamar, ESPN’s director of analytics, devised a formula that combines endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings. (Note: NA means either an athlete doesn’t have an official account for a social media site or an accurate endorsement figure could not be confirmed.)
WHY HE’S GOT FAME
While Wade isn’t the same player who could effortlessly slash through defenses and create his own shot under almost any circumstance, he’s still an immensely popular impact player at age 35. Back in 2010, MiamiDade County literally changed its name to MiamiWade County for a week in hopes of convincing the star guard to not leave the Heat in free agency. Wade decided to resign with Miami, a move that paved the way for the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Wade is married to actress Gabrielle Union, and with three NBA rings and 20,000plus career points under his belt, he can start writing that Hall of Fame speech.
SWEET HOME CHICAGO
After spending his first 13 NBA seasons in Miami, Wade signed a twoyear contract last year with his hometown Bulls worth $47 million. Not bad for a player in his career twilight. Melissa Isaacson
IT’S BEEN SAID
“I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.” Wade, on his decision to sign with the Bulls