Basketball Stars Top List Of Facebook’s Most Popular Olympians

By Justin Lafferty 

Two of America’s most popular athletes are also the most popular 2012 Olympians on Facebook. According to our sister site, AllFacebook Stats, basketball stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have the most fans of any athlete competing in the upcoming 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. Who else has a loyal following?

James may have won the National Basketball Association Finals with the Miami Heat this year, but rival Kobe Bryant remains supreme on the social network. The Los Angeles Lakers guard has 13.5 million fans, while the newly crowned King James has 11.6 million.

Swiss tennis standout Roger Federer claims third with 11.2 million fans. Fellow tennis star Rafa Nadal, of Spain, is fourth with 11 million. The top five is rounded out by another one of the hottest names in tennis — Russian Maria Sharapova.

The rest of the list is packed with the most popular athletes of the NBA, such as Dwayne Wade, Pau Gasol of Spain, Blake Griffin, and Manu Ginobili of Argentina.

Readers: Who are your favorite Olympic athletes, even if they may not be popular on Facebook?

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