Sachin Tendulkar fifth most admired in the world, Lionel Messi 15th: poll

Retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, who is 12th on the list of world's most-admired. Former US basketball star Michael Jordon (21) and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (22) are also behind Tendulkar.

updated: January 13, 2014 12:15 IST
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London: Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the fifth most-admired person on the planet with Microsoft founder Bill Gates on top in a list of 30 people compiled after a poll in 13 countries, including India.

The 'World's most admired people poll' was conducted by YouGov for The Times by surveying almost 14,000 people in Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the US, Australia, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and Brazil.

Sportsmen featured highly in the affections of many across the world. After Tendulkar it was Argentina footballer Lionel Messi who was 15th followed by US basketball player Michael Jordon (21) and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (22). Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was 12th on the list.

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