For thousands of years, people have loved to watch and play sports. From the ancient Olympic games in Greece to the Super Bowl, sports are an important part of the human experience. But, out of all the sports that exist, which are the most popular? Here are the 25 most popular sports in the world.
Deriving from England, the United States adopted tennis early on and championed the sport with almost 17 million Americans playing the sport. While it ebbs and flows in popularity, it’s still a multi-million dollar sport worldwide.
Scotland has the best claim to the invention of golf. Since its inception, it’s grown to be a multi-million dollar international phenomenon with people all over the world competing for prize money.
Originating in the United Kingdom, Cricket is now an internationally popular sport in countries like India, Cambodia, Pakistan, and others. It’s also the third most watched sport with about 2.5 billion people watching it.
Basketball is a huge sport around the world with over 200 countries play and competing against each other. More than 300 million people enjoy playing. With the relative ease of picking up a ball and shooting, it’s no wonder basketball has grown to be such a huge sport.
The enormous popularity of football or soccer is pretty common knowledge. Much like basketball, it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to kick a ball around on a field and its fun too. With the World Cup uniting hundreds of countries to compete against each other, the sport continues to grow in popularity especially in the United States.
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