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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi most admired sportsmen in 2021

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Ronaldo and Messi have been named as most admired sportsmen in 2021
Ronaldo and Messi have been named as most admired sportsmen in 2021 / David Ramos/GettyImages
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been named as the top two most admired sportsmen in the world in 2021.

The iconic footballing duo are closely followed by Indian cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, according to a study done by YouGov, a data analytics firm that surveyed 42,000 people across 38 countries.

The study ranks former United States President Barack Obama as the most admired person in the world in 2021, followed by Bill Gates and Xi Jinping.

Ronaldo ranks fourth, while Messi has jumped four spots and ranks seventh on the overall rankings. Tendulkar and Kohli rank 12th and 18th respectively, while Indian Bollywood celebrities like Shahrukh Khan (14th) and Amitabh Bachchan (15th) also make the list.

Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, no other footballer makes the list, and despite his Ballon d'Or win this year, the Paris Saint-Germain star still ranks behind his long-term arch-rival.

According to the YouGov website, the survery was carried out during the summer and every respondent was asked two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one.

World's Most Admired Men 2021 (1-10)

1. Barack Obama (US)

2. Bill Gates (US)

3. Xi Jinping (China)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

5. Jackie Chan (China)

6. Elon Musk (South Africa)

7. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

8. Narendra Modi (India)

9. Vladimir Putin (Russia)

10. Jack Ma (China)

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