David Rudisha Ranked Ahead of Gareth Bale and Van Persie, As One of The World’s Most Marketable Athlete

May 14, 2013

Kenya’s Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha has been ranked ahead of some of the most recognized names in sports, as number 41 most marketable athlete in the world.
Sportspro, the company behind the ranking, takes the following into account when compiling the list: Value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed and crossover appeal.

Brazilian Neymar has been ranked number one, ahead of Lionel Messi who comes second.
Usain Bolt appears at number 5, with Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton and Cristiano Ronaldo appearing at number 6,7 and 8 in that order. 

Others making an appearance in the top 50 are Lebron James, Vincent Kompany, Jack Wilshere, Shinji Kagawa and Gareth Bale.
Rudisha at number 41 is ranked higher than Bale (48) and an endless list of other household names, like, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott etc.

Here’s the complete ranking.

1 Neymar – football, Brazil                   

2 Lionel Messi, football, Argentina

3 Rory McIlroy, golf, UK

4 Robert Griffin III, American football, USA

5 Usain Bolt, athletics, Jamaica

6 Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia

7 Lewis Hamilton, Formula One, UK

8 Cristiano Ronaldo, football, Portugal

9 Sloane Stephens, tennis, USA

10 Blake Griffin, basketball, USA

11 Tiger Woods, golf, USA

12 Sebastian Vettel, Formula One, Germany

13 Virat Kohli, cricket, India

14 LeBron James, basketball, USA

15 Victoria Azarenka, tennis, Belarus

16 Maria Sharapova, tennis, Russia

17 Alan Oliveira, Paralympic sprinter, Brazil

18 Andy Murray, tennis, UK

19 Alex Ovechkin, ice hockey, Russia

20 Missy Franklin, swimming, USA

21 Vincent Kompany, football, Belgium

22 Carmelo Anthony, basketball, USA

23 Caroline Wozniacki, tennis, Denmark

24 Sergio Perez, Formula One, Mexico

25 Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain

26 Lindsey Vonn, skiing, USA

27 Alex Morgan, football, USA

28 Mike Trout, baseball, USA

29 Jack Wilshere, football, UK

30 Yani Tseng, golf, Taiwan

31 Manny Pacquiao, boxing, Philippines

32 Saul Alvarez, boxing, Mexico

33 Lucas Moura, football, Brazil

34 Bubba Watson, golf, USA

35 Shaun White, snow/skateboarding, USA

36 Ellyse Perry, cricket/football, Australia

37 James Harden, basketball, USA

38 Shinji Kagawa, football, Japan

39 Seth Jones, ice hockey, USA

40 Laura Robson, tennis, UK

41 David Rudisha, long-distance runner, Kenya

42 Mark Cavendish, cycling, UK

43 Stacy Lewis, golf, USA

44 Kim Yu-Na, figure skating, South Korea

45 Danica Patrick, Nascar, USA

46 Anderson Silva, MMA, Brazil

47 Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Nascar, USA

48 Gareth Bale, football, UK

49 Robert Kubica, Formula One, Poland

50 Katie Walsh, jockey, UK

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