Who are the most famous athletes in the world based on stats combined on paychecks—salary, endorsements—with social media fan base and goggle research popularity. These figures were compiled by ESPN’s Ben Alamar in the current edition of the magazine. fhe first three of the initial four on the list of 50 are all soccer players. The Cavs’ LeBron James is No. 2 on the list. Serena Williams (No.25). Cam Newton (31). Dwayne Wade (No. 32) and Stephen Curry (No. 33). What do you think of this list?