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Ellyse Perry named Australia's most marketable athlete

Yahoo!7 May 14, 2013, 4:31 pm

Ellyse Perry the footballer (left) and Ellyse Perry the cricketer. Source: Getty Images

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.


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

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  1. 07:56pm Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Historically low Interest rates, and yet also low unemployment, a huge pipeline of investment, Education Reform, a National Disability Scheme, Pollution Reduction Scheme, thank you Julia and Wayne and the Great Labor Team. On the other side a very expensive Paid Parental Scheme which advantages the very wealthy among us, the same side of politics that thought workplace reform was Work Choices and whacking up a flagpole and saluting the Union Jack was Education Reform, they are just an unelectable Rabble I am afraid.

  2. Grumpy Old Wiz In The West.07:09pm Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    My god , i just raced out side and had a spew after just reading what Areel said about Juliar,I think that speech should get her the GOLD LOGIE next year for sure...Rudy.

  3. 04:54pm Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Kid Mug, go away son, you are irritating the adults.

  4. Mike02:18pm Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    if she wasnt fukkkable,no one would care.

  5. Jessica01:21am Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fair enough list but really, no Federer? He's the only guy I can think of who has stayed at the top of their game for so long. Not to mention being one of the most well-known sportsmen in the world.

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  6. Jeff12:41am Wednesday 15th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    this list is a koke..rory mcilroy is part of a tv add with a girl who i don't know and jenson button on tv in ireland..the feeling is overwhelming that it will be the last tv add we'll see poor old rory appear in, truely awful..as for andy murray..i think even andy would agree it's not him.on the court good, otherwise boring

  7. RobB11:21pm Tuesday 14th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    She's been on my radar for a while now (for obvious reasons...), but she should also be legitimately considered as one of Oz's Sportspersons of the Year. There are not many athletes (in the World) who could say they represent their country at the elite level across 2 sports.

  8. Dieter11:18pm Tuesday 14th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It's now obvious beyond doubt and proven that Swans Masturbate frequently but not quite so much as Areel suppose you change hands when your Christopher J.cockhead

  9. LOL10:49pm Tuesday 14th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations Ellyse, however the remainder on the list seem a little obscure. Onto another subject, and I think Swaney has sung his last song as the Labor party are in such dissaray the only person who can save them is Clive Palmer!!!!

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  10. Murray10:40pm Tuesday 14th May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a joke of list! As an example - so in the top 50 most marketable sports people in the world, there is no place for China's Li Na. Seriously? Does the guy who wrote this list even watch sport? While she may not be consistent (yet more consistent than others on this list by far), she has a massive following in China and Asia. So much so she is reported to be the highest paid sportswomen around. And that doesn't factor into this list. The naivity of some people knows no bounds...

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