Cabrera on list of world's 100 most famous athletes

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Miguel Cabrera

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera isn't just popular in Detroit.

The Venezuelan first baseman cracked the planet's 100 most famous athletes based on a formula created by Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics.

Cabrera was ranked 88th in the world. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was first and LeBron James was second. Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady was ranked 52nd.

Alamar combined athletes' salary/winnings and endorsements with their social media following (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) along with Google search popularity to create a comparative ranking system.

"The hitter that other hitters talk about, the best right-handed batter of his generation, the killer at the plate who turns playful at first base, teasing everyone who stops by," ESPN's Melissa Isaacson wrote. "The Detroit Tigers slugger is a gifted technician as much as a gifted talent, but he doesn't like to talk about himself, which only enhances his persona."