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The most important Sports in the World. Which ones have the most Fans?

The most important sports in the world. Which ones have the most fans?

Surely if I asked you what the most popular sports in the world are , you would tell me that football and, probably, one that you yourself are a fan of. It will really surprise you which are the most important sports in the world and why. 

What is the statistics based on to select the most important sports in the world? 

eye! We are talking about the most important sports in the world, therefore, it is understood that they have an international scope and are practiced anywhere on the planet. Statistics are based precisely on these two aspects:

  • How many followers or fans a sport has. 
  • How many people are estimated to practice it around the world. 

What are the most important sports in the world? 

Based on the above, we can make a list of the most important sports in the world and the most popular internationally. Here it is! 

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Football (what a surprise, right?) 

Football is, whichever way you look at it, the most popular sport in the world . In fact, the figure is estimated at 4,000 million fans. Impressive! 

In countries, national championships or leagues are also very important. Football is so important in Spain that LaLiga bets are common. 

Football feels like a sport intensely on an international level, but it is curious that we know so little about its history. Its origins date back to the 19th century in England, although it is estimated that in China 2000 years ago they played very similar games. 

Cricket, you did not expect it?

Cricket has 2.5 billion fans around the world, though the biggest concentration of fans is in the UK and Commonwealth countries. 

The reason it is so popular in these areas and is practiced in former British colonies is because the sport originates from there. A little known practice in Spain and yet one of the most popular sports in the world. 

Field hockey (more followers than you expected)

Hockey is one of the most important sports in the world that can be practiced in almost any country.

Although it may not seem like it, field hockey, in terms of fans , is very close to cricket with 2,000 million followers around the world. This makes it, together with football, one of the most important sports at the international level .

Fans of this sport are spread across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia  . And guess what? It was also first played in England in the 19th century. Come on, almost on par with football! It is also still practiced in former colonies of the former British kingdom.

Tennis, one of the most important sports in the world and in Spain 

All be said. In many cases, it is our own athletes who open our minds to new sports. Nadal and tennis. Tennis and Nadal . Nadal and the impact of him in Spain. It was impossible not to love the sport seeing the passion with which he gave himself to his challenges to emerge victorious. 

And no! This sport was not created in England. In fact, it is not very clear where it started, but it is practiced in each and every one of the parts of the terrestrial planet. Of course, modern tennis as we know it now is a credit to France. 

Table tennis (875 million followers)

Ping-pong or table tennis is also one of the most important sports in the world.

Here we do have to go back to England again to know where ping-pong began to be practiced. He has 875 million followers worldwide and his hot area is South Korea, China and Sweden, although he has influence in many other countries. 

Volleyball (European and North American sport)

This, which is one of the most popular sports in the world, has 900 million followers. And do you know which is the place where it is practiced the most…? Do not! Not there. In Western Europe and North America. 

If you want a bit of history, volleyball was created in the United States in 1895 and its inventor has his own name: Willian G. Morgan, who used elements from other sports to combine them and obtain this sport. 

Basketball, the last of the most important sports in the world on the list?

Basketball, like volleyball, has an inventor: James Naismith. His goal was that it could be played indoors and that the players had less risk of injury. What he did not imagine in 1981 was that almost 30 years later he would have the enormous international popularity that he has today. 

The list of basketball fans is no less than 825 million. wow! And who among sports lovers has not been a little moved by the history of the Gasol brothers? The sport feels, and a lot . 

On the other hand… No, it is not the last in the list of the most popular sports in the world. We show you the other forms of exercise with more international fans:

Baseball: 500 million fans. 

Rugby: 475 million fans 

Golf: 450 million followers worldwide

Are you a fan and/or have you practiced any? . 

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