As Sports correspondents we are always encountering this puzzlement of categorizing sports for some time now. From time to time we come across conflicting rankings of most trendy and most popular sports hence mitigating whatever confidence we had in those lists and documents. To Make it to rank among the most popular sports, fan following and adoration by the masses is essential that sets the precedent for ranking number one. If we consider television viewership of certain sport as the benchmark then until now Beijing Olympics 2008 was the event was by far the most watched sporting event in history of man kind in which an approximately One Billion individuals tuned into their television sets at different stages and events throughout the Olympics event. For Sports correspondents TV viewership alone is not the only benchmark for a most popular sports rather it is decided by various number of different aspects considered together to attain the highest rankings.
Most Popular Sports – Specified criteria
These are the circumstances we contemplate in establishing the top 25 sports in the world. So let’s start with our countdown for the tremendous, most famous sports in the whole World.
#1. Football/Soccer – Most Popular Sport
Football is considered as one of the most popular sport on this planet with a humongous fan following of 4 billion people. When compared with other sports in term of popularity it is by far the most esteemed sport in the whole world. When we categorize it on bases of our specified criteria that is discussed before it is at the peak of most of them hence its fame is unparalleled by any other sport, Earning it number one spot in most popular sport.
Football’s sovereignty over the whole world is very pronounced that it really doesn’t come off as a shock for Sports correspondents to witness that football secures the number one spot in most popular sport. Football is known as The Beautiful Game”, with a worldwide fan following, people love this game in every corner of world, Football has fans in from Asia to Africa and a good fan following in America too but real craze of Football on this planet is in European nations, nobody loves football more than Europeans for them football is more than a game it is part of their life. They have beautiful stadiums, domestic teams in short it is part of their culture. The mega event of football or one should say the most paradigmatic event of the world is FIFA World Cup. FIFA world cup is the only event that is witnessed by such a huge number of people; it is not only the most followed team sport event on this planet but also among those highest grossing events on the planet.
When we talk about the sports which are played by most of the people Football is one of them, it is very rare to find a person on this planet that hasn’t played football at some stage of their lives. Whenever you tune into a sports channel football is always there, no sports news is complete without Football. Football influences majority of European countries that include countries like Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, France, etc.in some nations football is much more than a sport it’s a religion for them. For them Football teaches them how to dream for them it brings them the joys of life such is the case in South American nations i.e. Argentina and Brazil. To settle this once and for all Let’s take a look at some of the figures which will put all debates to rest hence settling that Football is the gigantic and most prominent sport on this planet.
Most watched competition in the world:
Football World Cup is the event which is followed by huge number of fans, 2014 Football world cup is the event which was witnessed by almost 3.9 billion people during different stages of the competition, hence achieving the milestone of biggest sports event in the history of mankind. Whereas the final Match of 2014 FIFA world cup which was played between Germany and Argentina was viewed by almost 700 million people all over the world.
Sports competition with highest pay:
UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious football competition among the Europe’s greatest, it has a monstrous amount of prize money and different bonuses making a huge sum of almost 1.5 billion dollars. This amount is awarded every year to the winner of this prestigious competition in which teams and clubs from 54 different countries participate. As a matter of fact if we have to categorize those Events which has the highest winning amount in terms of prize money, these football competitions will make the list. (Champions League, FIFA World Cup, Europa League, UEFA Euro).
Most Exorbitant sports TV rights deal:
Football leagues are played all over the world. Different leagues have different television rights deals with different channels out of all the most exorbitant deal is secured by English Premier League. It is also known as Barclays Premier League, it is broadcasted in many countries and it has provided broadcasting rights to a number of sports channels. It has the maximum fan following and it is watched in 212 territories all over the world. English premier league is followed by almost 5 billion viewers who jump into live action from time to time throughout the season. Out of all channels Sky sports and BT sports paid an estimated amount of 5.3 billion pounds to claim English premier league rights in the United Kingdom for 3 years where as a huge amount of three billion pounds is raised from international television rights
Largest number of professional leagues:
Football is among one of those sports which can boast largest number of professional leagues all over the world. From all over the world top 50 countries have organized professional football leagues. These leagues are designed on a multiple tie based system.
Most expensive sports kit deals:
Clubs earn a large chunk of their revenue through kit sponsorship deals. All of the bigger teams in the world have official kit sponsors most of these teams have very high paying sponsorship deals Manchester United signed the most expensive kit sponsorship deal with Adidas, making them the official kit supplier. This deal is the most expensive sponsorship deal in football history in the world.
Highest Earning Footballers:
Current top player who are associated with largest clubs make a lot of money. Players like Messi and Ronaldo who are top of their business receive almost 300,000 pounds per week in terms of salary from the clubs they represent. Ronaldo and Messi are ranked among the top footballers and they also make it to the list of in the top 5 of the most earning athletes in whole sports industry.
Richest Sports Teams:
When we talk about the First 50 sports team who are the richest in terms of revenue football clubs manage to fill 30 spots in that list of most valuable teams. Football international federation also known as “FIFA” is the largest and most influential federation in sports. FIFA has the most number of players and teams registered with it all over the world hence marking its dominance. There are more than 200 national federations and 65000 professional clubs which are registered with FIFA.
Most popular Sports teams on social media:
Real Madrid and Barcelona are two big Spanish clubs. They are fierce rivals and each club has more than 100 million followers on social media.
Most Followed Athlete on Social Media:
Cristiano Ronaldo who is a Portugal national and plays for Real Madrid is the most iconic sports player in the world. He is followed by more than150 million fans on Facebook and twitter.
We can write essays about the popularity of football, no matter which criteria are used; Football will always be top of that chart. Supremacy of football is well established and it cannot be challenged. One thing that we can argue about is that which of the sports the second most followed sport is. Let’s see our list and find out.