US president Barack Obama has beaten president-elect Donald Trump to be named the man Americans admired most in 2016.

It is the ninth year in a row Obama has received the accolade, with Hillary Clinton being named the most admired woman for the 15th year in a row.

The results are from a Gallup poll, taken between 7 and 11 December which asks American respondents which man living anywhere in the world they admire the most - with the results usually being the incumbent or incoming president.

Trump missed out on the top spot to Obama, coming in second place with 15% of the vote to Obama's 22%, with Pope Francis taking third place and Bernie Sanders coming in fourth.

However, the Republican has made it into the top 10 on the list for the fifth time, having previously made it onto the list in 1988, 1989, 1990 and more recently in 2011 and 2015.

As well as Obama celebrating another year on the top spot, the reverend Billy Graham has appeared on the top 10 of the list for the 60th time, missing out on a place only twice since it began in 1955 - once in 1962, and once in 1976 when the most admired question was not posed to respondents.

Michelle Obama also took a spot in the most admired women category, coming in second place after Clinton - whom she tied with in 2012 - with Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres named in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.