ESPN Fame 100: The UK's Top 10 most famous athletes

Fame 100: United Kingdom (0:53)

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Seven British athletes cracked the ESPN Fame 100, which lists the most famous stars in world sport.

The rundown of active sportsmen and women is compiled by judging three criteria: an athlete's social media following, their Google Trend score and the amount of money that they bring in through endorsement deals. For the third year running, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took the crown as the world's most famous sporting icon.

But who makes it into the UK-only Top 10? Here are the results:

1. Rory McIlroy (15th overall)

Overtaking Gareth Bale as the UK leader in the Fame 100, McIlroy sits 17th on Golf's all-time money list having won three of golf's four majors -- the Masters being the title that continues to elude him. Only five golfers have ever won golf's Grand Slam, and McIlroy will become a true great of the sport should he join that illustrious company.

2. Gareth Bale (19th)

Real Madrid made Bale the world's most expensive footballer when they signed the Welshman back in 2013, and while that price tag has been usurped five times since, Bale is undoubtedly one of football's biggest stars. With three UEFA Champions League titles to his name, Bale is the most successful British player in the tournament since the European Cup changed format in the early 1990s -- and he can win club football's biggest prize for a fourth time on Saturday when Real take on Liverpool in this season's final in Kiev. He won't be at this summer's World Cup after Wales' failure to qualify, but another big move could await with European giants Manchester United and Bayern Munich linked with his services.

3. Wayne Rooney (26th)

It has been a season of new beginnings for Rooney, who ended his Manchester United and England careers last summer. One of the key spearheads in Sir Alex Ferguson's teams, Rooney won everything there was to win at Old Trafford -- taking five Premier League titles as well as a Champions League under the legendary Scottish manager. That success never quite translated over to his international career, though he did retire as England's all-time leading scorer, beating the long-standing mark of 49 set by Sir Bobby Charlton. With a move to MLS side DC United mooted, Rooney's fame could yet grow even further if he can emulate David Beckham's success in the U.S..

4. Anthony Joshua (46th)

It is hard to maintain such a humble personality in combat sports, but Joshua's unique likability combined with his pure explosiveness in the ring make him a headline act in the UK --- and a new entrant in the Fame 100 list. With a perfect 21-0 record and three heavyweight titles to his name, brands are lining up to have an endorsement deal with the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist -- Under Armour and Jaguar Land Rover are among his blue-chip sponsors. With promoter Eddie Hearn keen to crack America and a potential unification fight with Deontay Wilder on the horizon, Joshua could well become a global phenomenon in the next year or so.

5. Sir Andy Murray (56th)

It has been an awful 12 months for Murray with injury ruling him out since last year's Wimbledon Championships, but ask any British sports fan whom they most associate with tennis, and they'll say Murray. While the Scot has lost his British No. 1 status to Kyle Edmund, he is still one of the major draws in UK sport, and plenty of supporters will be hoping that the two-time Wimbledon champion is fit enough to take SW19 by storm again this summer.

6. Lewis Hamilton (68th)

Hamilton stormed onto the scene during his 2007 rookie season with McLaren and has since been involved in some of the sport's most intense rivalries. Tensions often boiled over between Hamilton and teammates including Fernando Alonso and, most recently, Nico Rosberg in the pursuit of glory. Hamilton's ability to come out on top has made him one of the most successful drivers in the history of F1 with four world titles to his name. With a season schedule that takes him from Australia through Asia and Europe, then North and South America, Hamilton is a truly global athlete. That level of exposure is one that few can match -- making him a go-to man for brands (such as Tommy Hilfiger) looking to get their logo in front of as many eyes as possible.

7. Justin Rose (69th)

Rose has something that no other living male golfer has -- an Olympic gold medal. The South Africa-born Englishman secured gold at Rio 2016 in golf's first appearance at the Olympics since 1904 to ensure a place in the history books. He also has a major title to his name -- the 2013 U.S. Open -- and has won the Ryder Cup three times as a member of the European team. With agonising runners-up finishes at Augusta in 2015 and 2017 also in the record books, Rose is undoubtedly one of his sport's leading lights.

8. Harry Kane (112th)

Kane's rise from a slightly chubby teenager written off by many within the game to becoming one of Europe's most lethal strikers has been simply mind-blowing. Pundits cast him aside as a one-season wonder after winning his first Golden Boot back in 2016, but he went on to do exactly the same in 2017 before being pipped to this season's award by Mo Salah. He will be one of European football's hottest properties during this summer's transfer window as well as a target for lucrative endorsement deals, with Nike and Hugo Boss already locked up. Now, his first World Cup awaits -- and icon status would come should he captain his country to unlikely glory.

9. Sir Mo Farah (154th)

Few British athletes have been as dominant in their field as Farah, who became a household name after winning two golds in the London 2012 Olympics and immortalising the 'Mobot' celebration. Finishing his track career with four Olympic gold medals, six World titles and four European golds, Farah is now focusing on conquering another discipline -- marathon running. After a third-placed finish at the London Marathon last month, few would bet against him becoming a real force over 26 miles.

10. Daniel Sturridge (183rd)

Who could forget Daniel Sturridge's link-up at Liverpool with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling? Sturridge's career has not quite hit the same heights since Suarez's departure to Barcelona, with injury continually hampering him. A loan spell this past Premier League season at West Brom did not end well with the club being relegated, and a permanent exit from Liverpool is set to come during the transfer window. Sturridge will have a chance to get his career firing again next season.