Who do you think is Australia’s most marketable athlete?
Tim Cahill? Mark Webber? Adam Scott? Michael Clarke?
Nope – it’s Ellyse Perry.
The 22-year-old Aussie has been ranked the 36th most marketable athlete in the world in an annual list compiled by magazine SportsPro in conjunction with Eurosport.
Perry is the only Australian on the list and one of a record 14 women in the top 50 (full list below).
The list assesses who will have the most marketing value over the next three years. Criteria include charisma, willingness to be marketed, crossover appeal, value for money, age and home market.
Brazlian footballer Neymar topped the list for the second year in a row.
Despite not enjoying the media profile of her male counterparts, the 22-year-old Perry takes the word ‘talented’ to a whole new level.
She has represented Australia at both the cricket and football World Cups and played a starring role in the Twenty20 World Cup final win earlier this year.
She’s also had the chance to mix it with the boys, becoming to first woman in 117 years to play Sydney grade men’s cricket.
But Perry’s talents aren’t restricted to the sporting arena – she is currently studying an economics and social sciences degree at the University of Sydney.
Perry is one of only two cricketers on the list, with Indian Virat Kohli coming in at No.13.
TOP 50 MOST MARKETABLE ATHLETES IN THE WORLD
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