Any person has played one or the other sports in his lifetime and often have deep passion or follow sports for recreations. As such sports have pretty large fan-bases and there are often debates on which sports is the most popular in the world. Here we rank the Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide according to their estimated fans!
Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide
At number 1 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Soccer. Its no surprise that Soccer is at the top of the list with an estimated fan base of 3.5 billion considering that FIFA World Cups are the most watched sports event and that kids from every country play Soccer. A lot of this can be credited to the fact that all you need to play Soccer is the ball and that has made the game really accessible all around the world and even in the less developed countries.
At number 2 is Cricket. While Cricket might be played in as many countries as some other games of the list its still second with an estimated fan base of 2.5 billion and this large fan base can be credited to the fact that India (with a population of over a billion) is a cricket worshipping nation. UK, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand are some of the other important cricket playing nations.
At number 3 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Field Hockey. Field Hockey is one of the most popular games on the globe that is played by most of the countries in the world and thus has an estimated fan base of 2 billion supporters. The game is pretty big in four continents of America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
At number 4 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Tennis. Tennis might as well be the only game in this list that is a major sport in most of the populated countries in the world and thus it enjoys an estimated fan base of more than 1 billion fans. Tennis is also growing sport which is becoming more popular in many countries as more role models come along for young generation. India is one such example where it used to minor sport but due to Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati, it has inspired a new generation of players and fans.
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At number 5 is Volleyball. While volleyball might be one of the underrated sports in the list, it is actually pretty popular with a fan base touching 900 million. The fact that only a ball and net is needed is one of the reasons for volleyball’s such reach. Also the volleyball is fast and exciting which is one of the most important factors for the popularity of any game.
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At number 6 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Table Tennis. Table Tennis is one of the hardest games to compete professionally because of the inhuman levels of speed, agility and reaction time that is required to play the game. Tennis is especially popular in the Asian countries which are the dominant force in this game. Table Tennis has a global fan base of more than 850 million fans.
At number 7 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Baseball. Though when people talk about baseball, all that comes to their mind is the Major League of America but America is not the only country that plays the game. It is popular in Japan, Latin countries and European countries as well. In spite of all that it’s still heavily localized with potential to grow in many other countries. Its current fan base is of around 500 million.
At number 8 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is Golf. Golf might be an expensive game to play considering the equipment required and number of players playing Golf might be less compared to the other games but still it’s one of the most followed games on the globe. It is huge especially in Asia, America and Europe and enjoys a fan base of 450 million.
At number 9 is Basketball. Basketball is as exciting a game can be and some of its greatest stars are even counted among the greatest athletes to be born but even so the game is trailing behind when it comes to popularity. Though it is played in many countries but it is dominant in only America while in other countries it mostly a minor sports. Though it does have tremendous potential to grow in the future, right now it has a fan base of around 400 million.
At number 10 in Top 10 Maximum Followed Sports Worldwide is American Football. While soccer is about taking the ball with your feet into the opponents goal, American Football is about carrying with hands. American Football is a really physical game with lots of pushing and shoving and players are often bulked up to play it. It is immensely popular in America, Australia and Europe and has an estimated fan base of just under 400 million.
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