Cristiano Ronaldo is the most influential athlete

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most searched athlete on social media in the world, according to a recent survey. The Portuguese star is by far the most searched athlete in the world, and has been named the "most influential athlete," the Sun reported. It is worth noting that Ronaldo was searched 145% more times than his rival Lionel Messi.

At 37, Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo remains one of the biggest names in sport thanks to phenomenal performances and a long career. Cristiano Ronaldo is also the most searched sports star on social media worldwide, according to a recent survey. On average, Ronaldo's name is searched 11 million times a month.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most influential athlete

Second on the list is NFL player Ryan Ramzik, who is searched 6.1 million times a month. Brazilian Neymar came in third with an average of 5.8 million searches per month. The only other sports star with more than 5 million searches was NBA star Lebron James, who came in fourth with 5.3 million searches.

Argentina's Lionel Messi is a distant fifth in the survey with 4.5 million searches per month, and not even half that number statistically. Messi was followed by seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who was searched 4.3 million times.

Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Verstappan were in seventh and eighth place, with 3.9 million and 3.8 million searches respectively. At number nine is NFL player Aaron Rodgers, while at number 10 is UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who averages 3.1 million searches per month despite not playing in nearly a year.