Talent, determination and passion...the main ingredients of an athletic champion.
But popularity, well, that's a whole different animal. It takes charisma, fearlessness and perhaps an eccentric haircut.
Whether they were beloved for their statistical production or admired for their unorthodox, yet refreshing styles, the most popular athletes in history left a lasting impression on the world of sports.
Let's take a look at the five most popular players in each major sport's history.
You'll want to sit next to these guys at the cafeteria.