1. Football: The beautiful game is probably the best game to follow, only to kick a ball around. The game can be picked up by the rich and poor, only the quality of the ball but never can the quality of the game. The game is passionately followed by nearly 100 countries and is the most popular sport in 93 countries, with 4.1 billion inhabitants. These include Australia China, Europe, South America, Africa and Mexico. England is the financial hub of football and rightly so as the inventor of the game. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, drawing as many as one billion viewers for the finale alone.
2. Other: The game requires a bat and a ball to bowl, which sounds economical enough but the poor and the rich can not play the same quality game. Cricket is the most popular sport in more than 25 countries, and in some of these, it is more a religion than a game. It is very popular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sril Lanka, Australia, Afghanistan and the Caribbean. Cricketing countries have a total population of 1.63 billion. Now it is assumed that 40 percent of after the game that the 0.65 billion that helps you to easily spot to No.2 in the world’s most popular sports. India is the financial hub of cricket. The game is also very popular in England, South Africa, New Zealand and Kenya.
3. Tennis: It may not be the most popular sport in each country, but certainly in second or third place, or among the top five in more than 50 countries. Some countries where the game is remarkably popular are USA, Europe, Australia, India and other parts of Asia and North and South America, all with a total population of two billion or more. It is a rich man of sport and has 0.33 billion followers. The Grand Slam events are among the most watched sporting events. Tennis is also probably the most prestigious sporting career for women.
4. Hockey: Had Southeast Asia dominated the sport hockey, as they did 50 years ago, it could very well have cricket a run for their money. It is one of the five sports in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, Argentina, Holland, South Korea, Germany, Malaysia and some parts of Europe and Africa. In all, it has about 0.32 billion followers, making it the fourth most popular sport in the world.
5. Baseball: Very popular in more than nine countries, including the U.S., Japan, Korea, Cuba and Taiwan. Total population of baseball-playing nations is 600 million, so global, it must be around 240 million followers. The U.S. is the financial hub for baseball and the players are among the richest athletes in the world.
6. Basketball: very popular in countries like the U.S. and the Philippines and gaining momentum in China and other countries. Basketball is a sport of the rich man and does not appeal to Third World countries, but has enough followers to the sixth most popular with around 230-240 million fans. The NBA stages the most popular basketball events and is probably the most popular professional league in the world.
7. Volleyball: It is very popular in the U.S. and in nearly 100 countries play professionally. The game may not be popular in a country, but certainly enjoys a popularity in almost all nations. In view of the amount of people playing the game it must have been among the top five sports, but as a spectator it ranks seventh, with a mass following in more than 200 million euros.
8. Table tennis: The fact that it is the second most popular sport in China alone puts it among the top five, but it has limited international audience, even though she lives in Korea and the United Kingdom and some other European countries.
9. Rugby Football: Rugby Union and Rugby League is very popular in Australia, South Africa, England, Wales, New Zealand, France, Argentina and Fiji - rugby is the most popular sport in more than six countries and has over 200 million observers helping it to place in No.9.
10. Golf: Golf has the stiffest competition from American football and ice hockey. Both ice hockey and American football have almost 200 million followers, but given the popularity of golf around the world - particularly in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia - it must be higher. Golf is not your poor man’s cup of tea as it is probably the most expensive sport in the world