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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are sports athletes with most viewed Wikipedia pages in 2021

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Messi and Ronaldo have the most viewed Wikipedia pages in 2021
Messi and Ronaldo have the most viewed Wikipedia pages in 2021 / AFP Contributor/GettyImages
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are athletes with the most-viewed Wikipedia pages in 2021 ahead of major sporting events that took place this year.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, readers and fans showed more interest in Messi and Ronaldo's pages over events like UEFA Euro 2020 and the Summer Olympics 2020.

In the overall list, 'Deaths in 2021' ranks first with 42,748,490 page views, with Ronaldo ranked fifth while Messi comes in at 15th. The two of the biggest sporting events of 2021 rank seventh (Euros) and 13th (Olympics).

Messi found himself in the spotlight last summer after leaving Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. The Argentine also picked up his record-breaking seventh Ballon d'Or ahead of Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer after a decade away from Old Trafford following spells with Real Madrid and Juventus.

Top 20 most viewed Wikipedia pages in 2021

1. Deaths in 2021 - 42,748,490 page views

2. Elizabeth II - 25,290,406 page views

3. Elon Musk - 24,101,538 page views

4. Squid Game - 21,887,095 page views

5. Cristiano Ronaldo - 18,771,854 page views

6. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - 18,192,061 page views

7. UEFA Euro 2020 - 17,485,883 page views

8. United States - 17,185,138 page views

9. Joe Biden - 16,823,308 page views

10. Donald Trump - 16,366,771 page views

11. WandaVision - 15,874,561 page views

12. Characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - 15,560,945 page views

13. 2020 Summer Olympics - 14,537,440 page views

14. Spider-Man: No Way Home - 13,268,102 page views

15. Lionel Messi - 13,043,407 page views

16. Dune - 12,904,842 page views

17. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 12,519,266 page views

18. Eternals - 12,343,639 page views

19. List of Marvel Cinematic Universe films - 12,117,229 page views

20. India - 11,982,035 page views

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