Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo topped the ESPN World Fame 100 list for a third straight year, pipping American basketball player Lebron James and long-term Argentine rival Lionel Messi. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, was named the most popular athlete in the world on the basis of his social media following, endorsement deals and search score.
Atletico Madrid have won UEFA's Europa League for the third time in eight years, comfortably beating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in Lyon. Marseille came into the match desperate to end French football's 25-year trophy drought on the European stage, Intertoto Cups notwithstanding. Ultimately it was the Spanish side's experience and technical quality in such arenas that won them the cup. For the Spaniards it is a virtuous circle, for the French it is a vicious one.