Sports are a part of our daily life. They not only entertain us but more than that they are completely associated with us. Every one of us will have a favourite sport and our favourite person in the sport we like. They become our heroes and role models. Different parts of the world have different favourite sport. As there are many sports in the world, ranking sports is a little difficult thing to do.

Following is the list of top 10 most popular sports in the word, which is ranked according to the maximum number of fans for it.

1. Soccer (Association Football)

Association Football, popularly known as Soccer or Football tops the list of most popular sports in the world. The estimated fans of Soccer is around 4 billion. More than 270 people play this game worldwide. Soccer is the most-watched sports in the world. The FIFA Worldcup made a record with most-watched sport and it was watched by more than 3.5 billion people. The UEFA Champions League to the English Premier League is the most followed tournaments on social media. Also, this sport gets a huge media response too. Another fact is that Football/Soccer is the highest paid sports in the world. Some of the most popular Football stars are:

  • Christiano Ronaldo

  • Lionel Messi

  • Neymar

  • Kylian Mbappe

  • Sadio Mane

2. Cricket

It was obvious that Cricket would be next on the list. This is another sport that is celebrated by lots and lots of people globally. The fans pf Cricket is estimated to be more than 2.5 billion. Most of the Cricket fans are from India, Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zeland. Cricket World Cup is the most popular competition in cricket. There are also many endorsement deals from various popular brands for Cricket. Some of the most popular cricketers are:

  • Sachin Tendulkar

  • Brian Lara

  • Shoaib Akhtar

  • Bret Lee

  • Chris Gayle

  • MS Dhoni

  • Virat Kholi


3. Hockey 

With an approximate of 2 billion fans, Both Field Hockey and Ice Hockey comes in the next position. The National Hockey League is the main championship league in Hockey. Most popular hockey players are:

  • Gordie Howe

  • Wayne Gretzky

  • Dhyan Chand

  • Sohail Abbas

  • Ric Charlesworth


4. Tennis

Next on the list is Tennis with over 1 billion fans. This is one of the physically intensive sports. This sport is very popular in developing countries. The most popular tennis players are:

  • Roger Federer

  • Rafael Nadal

  • Serena Williams

  • Mahesh Bhupathi

  • Maria Sharapova


5. Volleyball

With more than 900 million fans, Volleyball comes next in the list. Even though it is less televised, it has great attention globally. The most popular Volleyball players are:

  • Gavin Schmitt

  • Earvin Ngapeth

  • Saeid Marouf

  • Facundo Conte

  • Max Holt


6. Table Tennis

This sport is also known as Ping Pong. The estimated fans of Table Tennis is around 875 million. This sport is originated from England and Table Tennis enjoys a moderate number of social media fans. Some of the well-known Table Tennis players are:

  • Ma Long

  • Xu Xin

  • Jan Ove Waldner

  • Zhang Jike

  • Deng Yaping


7. Basketball

Next on the list is Basketball with around 825 million fans. This is a trendy and fast-paced sport. Some of the top Basketball players are: 

  • LeBron James

  • Michael Jordan

  • Magic Johnson

  • Wilt Chamberlain

  • Oscar Robertson


8. Baseball

With an approximate of 500 million fans, Baseball is a pastime sport in America. Baseball has attracted the sponsorships of top brands such as Mastercard, Papa John’s and Chevrolet. The most popular Baseball players are:

  • Babe Ruth

  • Willie Mays

  • Barry Bonds

  • Ted Williams

  • Hank Aaron


9. Rugby

Next comes rugby with 475 million fans. This sport is quite similar to American Football. Rugby world cup conducted in Japan gathered a lot of attention online. Some of the popular Rugby players are:

  • Richie Mccaw

  • Dan Carter 

  • Michael Jones

  • Brian O’Driscoll

  • David Campese


10. Golf

Golf has an approximate fan base of 450 million fans worldwide. This sport is very much prevalent in North America, Western Europe, and East Asia regions. The most popular Golf players are:

  • Tiger Woods

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Sam Snead

  • Arnold Palmer

  • Ben Hogan


Most Popular Sports In The World

Rank Sport Global Fan Base
1 Soccer/Association Football 4 billion
2 Cricket  2.5 billion
3 Hockey 2 billion
4 Tennis 1 billion
5 Volleyball 900 million
6 Table Tennis 875 million
7 Basketball 825 million
8 Baseball 500 million
9 Rugby  475 million
10 Golf 425 million

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