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.
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