Gauging sports popularity is an exciting and challenging task. Fans all over the world of a sport is the important parameter to evaluate their prominence. There may be various purposes for playing a sport but the viewership is the key factor that enables any sport or sports person leave a benchmark. Be it football, cricket, Tennis or golf each game has quintessentially made sports a magnificent affair globally. Moreover countries like India, Spain, Australia and many more are indeed a perfect host for different leagues and championships making sports events memorable for the billions of fans all over the world. There are hundreds of sports with wavering admiration in different countries across the globe but who tops the list? Now let’s have a look at the Top 10 most famous sports in the world-
- Soccer/ Football
- Lawn Tennis
- Table Tennis
With around 600 million viewers, Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is the longest and most expensive of all sports vindicating to be the game of wealthiest all over the world. Tiger Woods has been the highest paid Golfer till date and has added to the magnificence of this sport.
Premeditated in Britain, Rugby is gaining immense popularity with around 200 million spectators across the globe. Though it is ranked 9th in the world list but is most popular sports in six countries. Rugby League and Rugby Union are prevalent in South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia.
8. Table Tennis
Popularly known as TT, Table Tennis is reputed as one of the fastest games in the world. Famous among the students and youth it has more than 300 million viewers which has made TT a prominent sport worldwide. This game of English origin is second most popular sport in China.
Hockey is the national game of India and second most renowned in the sub-continent. Gradually it has become one of the most prominent sports all over the world and billions of fans have made Hockey score a number 7 rank. Ice hockey, field hockey and air hockey are some of its formats that make it more interesting.
Basketball is the 5th most popular game in the world and is highly eminent in teenagers in American countries as well. NBA is a splendid affair for basketball lovers and the sport has achieved a viewership of around 350 million fans.
5. Volley Ball
Volley Ball is a very prominent sport in United States and is played professionally by almost 100 countries in the world. It ranks 5th considering the viewership and the number of players participating in the game worldwide.
Baseball is not only a great leisure activity for the people in United States but it is equally prevalent in Japan, Cuba, Korea and Taiwan. With a playing population of nearly 600 million it is a sport with huge number of spectators in almost 11 countries. Baseball players are among the plushest sportsman in the world.
With more than 2 billion spectators across the globe tennis is rightfully the 3rd most popular sport in the world. Wimbledon, Australian open, U.S open and French open are the most esteemed tennis tournaments. Rafael Nadal, William Sisters, Mahesh Bhupati are most famous and talented but legendary Roger Federer has taken tennis to next level that has earned millions of accolades.
Although cricket is not played in many countries but still with a huge fan craze in Australia, England, India, Pakistan and West Indies it has achieved a 2nd rank in our list. The T20 format has further added to its brilliance worldwide. Cricket has a tremendous audience of around 4 billion out of which 1 billion are Indians due to its huge admiration on the sub-continent.
1. Soccer / Football
Football tops the list of the most famous sports in the world. With more than 30 billion of viewership all around the world it undoubtedly requires no explanations and varied reasons for such an amazing score. Barclays and Spanish leagues are among the most famous in this marvelous sport. The FIFA world cup held every four years is a splendid event for all football lovers across the globe. Interestingly FIFA world cup in 2010 had 50% of the world’s population as a spectacular audience.