Top Five Sports in the World: Popularity Wise

soccerAs much as most Americans would like to think that Football (American football, that is) or baseball make a huge dent in what the world considers to be a popular sport, upon doing some research, they will find that they are very much mistaken. Although baseball does rank in the top five, American football isn’t even on the list at all. So then, what are the top five sports in the entire world? Brace yourself. You may be a little surprised.

1. Football (aka, Soccer)
Not to be confused with football in the United States, soccer is the number one sport worldwide. Although it lacks popularity in the U.S. today, it thrives greatly in other nations.

2. Cricket
I know what you’re thinking, “Seriously?” Yes, I’m serious. In the past few years, it has gained more popularity than it has ever held before; therefore, making it highly competitive with soccer for popularity.

3. Tennis
Considering the high following in Europe, this one’s gotta be high on the list. Don’t get me wrong: this sport definitely has a following in the U.S. too. Today, there are 1.5 billion tennis spectators around the world.

4. Hockey
This isn’t the kind of hockey we’re familiar with here in America. This game is played on grass turf with sticks and a ball. Nations such as Australia, Holland, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan and India all have a huge following in this sport.

5. Baseball
Ah, here it is. That great American pastime, falling at number five. Although it does resemble cricket, the rules are very different. It has now gained popularity today not only in the United States, but in Malaysia, China, Korea and Taiwan as well.

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