Sport continues to grow and become more popular amongst viewers and people taking part. This follows on from the continuing growth in the health and fitness industry, with more and more people looking to get into better shape. As we move into 2019, there is no doubt going to be a surge of further interest with people looking to kick off the new year, living a healthier lifestyle. Here we cover the most popular sports across the world.
With an estimated global following of 450 million people, Golf sits at number ten. It continues to grow with the most viewers from Western Europe, East Asia and North America. It is also a popular sport for punting with people looking at the latest, for offers to support their stars in the major tournaments throughout the year.
A sport that is primarily viewed by the UK, but has certainly grown globally. The likes of Australia and New Zealand also continue to be at the top of the professional ranks. The estimated global following of Rugby is now believed to be around 475 million.
Baseball is primarily played and followed in the United States. However, it has begun to grow in the likes of Japan, with an estimated global audience of around 500 million. It remains one of the most popular sports in the US and the world.
Surprisingly basketball sits in seventh with an estimated audience of around 825 million globally. The majority of this is of course the United States, in which it continues to be one of the most popular sports, and it also continues to grow globally. Basketball also has some of the biggest names in sport including LeBron James.
6) Table Tennis
With a global audience of 875 million, it is Table tennis which sits in sixth. It is a very popular sport in the likes of Japan and China but is also growing elsewhere.
The main source of viewing comes from Western Europe and North America, with the likes of Serbia, Brazil and the US continuing the be a major force in the sport. It has a growing audience of around 900 million and is a popular sport at the Olympic games.
Number four is Tennis, a sport that includes some of the biggest names in. The major competitions are some of the most watched events in sport, such as Wimbledon. Tennis is also very popular sport to be played and has an estimated global following of around 1 billion.
Not as big a sport as some of them named below, but it is hugely popular with an estimated worldwide following of around 2 billion. The main sources of these coming from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Cricket is number two with an vast global audience that equates to around 2.5 billion. The sport is popular around the world, with the UK, India and Australia being some of the main countries who follow this. The sport has many major events with the Ashes being one of the most watched sporting events in the UK.
It is little surprise that football is the most popular sport in the world. The sport continues to grow each year, as the money now involved is eye watering. It has an estimated global audience of around 4 billion with England playing the leading role with the most watched league; The premier league. The sport also includes some of the biggest names in the sport in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.