The list of the 'World's Most Admired Men 2021' was announced by YouGov, and two Pakistanis made the top 20.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ranked 17th among the world's most regarded men in 2021. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani human rights activist, has gained 9th position in rankings this year.
And it's no surprise that Barack Obama, who wrested the title from long-time incumbent Bill Gates last year, maintained his position as the world's most admired man in YouGov's worldwide survey.
Michelle Obama, meanwhile, has retained her title as the world's most admired woman for the third year in a row.
In fact, the top three rankings for each gender have remained intact since last year, with Bill Gates, a business magnate and philanthropist, coming in second among men, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Angelina Jolie, an actress and humanitarian, is still the world's second most admired woman, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
YouGov is a market research and data analytics company established in the United Kingdom that conducts research over the Internet.
To produce this year's ranking, researchers polled over 42,000 people in 38 nations and territories.
Argentine footballer Lionel Messi has risen four places from 11th to 7th in the men's rankings since last time, his highest ranking to date. Despite his record ranking and recent Ballon D'Or victory, Messi still trails Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo in fourth place (also Ronaldo's best finish to date), according to the official blog.