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Various sports are played in different parts of the world and the debate concerning the most popular and most watched game is going since ages as everyone supports their most loved game. Folks take sports either as their hobby, career or as a part of their fitness regimen.

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Having a fan following of almost 3.5 billion, the game remains at the top with no other game coming close to it. With its combination of adrenaline-pumping excitement, man-on-man aggression, tough competition, it is really no wonder it tops the list.

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The 7 Most Popular Athletes in the World

The 7 Most Popular Athletes in the World

ESPN has recently ranked 100 most popular athletes in the world, and the list is impressive. Hailing from all kinds of sports backgrounds, these athletes have reached this stage after extreme hard work and dedication, which has earned them immense love and loyalty from fans from all over the world.  This list has ranked athletes after combining endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity. Listed below are 7 of the most popular athletes in the world.

The 7 Most Popular Athletes in the World

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Real Madrid’s numerouno soccer player has taken the team to victory to become the world’s most premier player. With a whopping 261.5 million social media followers, CR7 is loved by each and every one. Men want to be him, and women want to be with him. His extraordinary skills and charming personality have made him the most sought-after celebrity in the sports arena and outside. He is a world star in soccer like Michael Jordan was in basketball.

LeBron James:

The American basketball player for Cleveland Cavaliers is the most talented and popular sports star. Even at the age of 32, he is still dominating the basketball circles. Fans adore him for the thrills that he had delivered. He has also made appearances in Hollywood and only time will tell if he will add an Oscar to his four MVP trophies. He walks through his much deserved fame with pride as he won every basketball fan’s heart. His social media followers stand at a staggering rate of 85.5 million followers and are steadily increasing.

Lionel Messi:

Argentina’s soccer player has a heart-warming background story which is an inspiration for underdogs and upcoming sports enthusiasts. His social media profiles boast with 151.7 million followers, and he has devoted fans all over the world, making him one of the most loved and famous sports stars of all time. His otherworldly skills and magical left foot have won him accolades. He is beyond any praise and lets his talents do all the talking.

Roger Federer:

The Swiss tennis player ranks fourth on this list and is most worthy of it. He is the most successful male tennis player in history with the most Grand Slam singles titles. Federer has held the No.1 ranking for 302 weeks in his career, the most by any man. With 23.7 social media followers, Roger Federer is the most respected and humble sports star, and he was also honored as Switzerland issued a postage stamp bearing his image.

Phil Mickelson:

The American golfer came in at No. 18 on Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s wealthiest celebrities with a net worth of $375 million. Phil Mickelson stood defeated only next to golf legend Tiger Woods. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters Titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

Neymar:

The Brazilian soccer player for Barcelona is a bewilderingly brilliant sportsman, who has gone on to win many matches. He gained victory most spectacularly and fans, love him with uncountable devotion. He is still on course to take over from Messi as the world’s most exceptional soccer player. He is increasingly gaining fame and popularity every year with his talents is the most sought-after player. He social media following is ranked at 154.1 million and are steadily increasing.

Usain Bolt:

The Jamaican sprinter stays true to his name and puts a real lightning bolt to shame with his remarkable talents. With more than 30 million social media followers, his track record serves to be an inspiration to many aspiring athletes all over the world. He is loved and respected by fans around the globe. He has been defined as the fastest human being in history. He has won 8 Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 4X100 relay. He plans to go into cricket since he loved it as a kid in Jamaica.

5 Most Popular Sports in the World

Sports play an important role in most of our lives, whether we play a particular game or follow a sport. Various sports are played all over the world as hobbies, careers or fitness regimes. People follow sports, and sports stars with great devotion and adoration. There are quite a lot of sports which have garnered a lot of popularity, attracting more than a billion fans. Each game is renowned in its own way, and listed below are five of the most popular sports in the world. Soccer: Soccer tops this list without any doubt; boasting with a 4 billion fan base worldwide, football is not just a sport, but an emotion for players and fans alike. It is the most accessible sport for people from every walk of life, and there's hardly a person who hasn't kicked a ball. According to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), more than 240 million people around the world play soccer regularly. Soccer, or football, as it is colloquially known, officially originated in England and is the most popular and globally accepted sport today. Cricket: Cricket ranks second in this list with an estimated 2 billion followers. The Twenty20 league is the third most-viewed sporting event behind the FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup. Cricket is second sport that originated in England, in the 18th century. The most popular sport in India is cricket, and for Indians, it is more than just a game. The players are worshipped as gods, and every match is followed diligently. The women's cricket team is slowing garnering much- needed popularity as well. Basketball: Basketball is the world's fastest growing sport with over a whopping 1 billion fans, the second-highest number of professional leagues worldwide and the highest average salary at the top level. The boys who aim the ball at the net basket are extremely popular, and their sport has loyal and devoted fans. Professional leagues are being established in countries across the world, especially in eastern European countries like Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, and Serbia following the craze that the sport has. Tennis: With an average of 45 countries represented in top 100 tennis ranking in both the men's and women's game, tennis is without doubt among the world's most famous sports. Players from both the men's and women's game, from 30 different countries, have won at least one grand slam, making it a unique record in the sport. Tennis originated in Northern France in the 12th century, and it slowly spread to the other parts of the world, slowly gaining popularity and evolving over the ages. Boxing: The sole representative of combat sports in this list, boxing has fought tooth and nail to mix it with the most popular sports year after year. Boxing is a major sport in countries across every single continent, and the sheer volume of talent can mainly be seen during the Olympic Games. Boxing's popularity has steadily risen, its growth earmarked by the $400m revenue generated by Mayweather versus Pacquiao in 2015 and the sell-out record attendance at the Joshua versus Klitschko fight at Wembley in 2017.

Sports play an important role in most of our lives, whether we play a particular game or follow a sport. Various sports are played all over the world as hobbies, careers or fitness regimes. People follow sports, and sports stars with great devotion and adoration. There are quite a lot of sports which have garnered a lot of popularity, attracting more than a billion fans. Each game is renowned in its own way, and listed below are five of the most popular sports in the world.

Soccer:

Soccer tops this list without any doubt; boasting with a 4 billion fan base worldwide, football is not just a sport, but an emotion for players and fans alike. It is the most accessible sport for people from every walk of life, and there’s hardly a person who hasn’t kicked a ball.  According to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), more than 240 million people around the world play soccer regularly. Soccer, or football, as it is colloquially known, officially originated in England and is the most popular and globally accepted sport today.

Cricket:

Cricket ranks second in this list with an estimated 2 billion followers. The Twenty20 league is the third most-viewed sporting event behind the FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup. Cricket is second sport that originated in England, in the 18th century. The most popular sport in India is cricket, and for Indians, it is more than just a game. The players are worshipped as gods, and every match is followed diligently. The women’s cricket team is slowing garnering much- needed popularity as well.

Basketball:

Basketball is the world’s fastest growing sport with over a whopping 1 billion fans, the second-highest number of professional leagues worldwide and the highest average salary at the top level. The boys who aim the ball at the net basket are extremely popular, and their sport has loyal and devoted fans. Professional leagues are being established in countries across the world, especially in eastern European countries like Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, and Serbia following the craze that the sport has.

Tennis:

With an average of 45 countries represented in top 100 tennis ranking in both the men’s and women’s game, tennis is without doubt among the world’s most famous sports. Players from both the men’s and women’s game, from 30 different countries, have won at least one grand slam, making it a unique record in the sport. Tennis originated in Northern France in the 12th century, and it slowly spread to the other parts of the world, slowly gaining popularity and evolving over the ages.

Boxing:

The sole representative of combat sports in this list, boxing has fought tooth and nail to mix it with the most popular sports year after year. Boxing is a major sport in countries across every single continent, and the sheer volume of talent can mainly be seen during the Olympic Games. Boxing’s popularity has steadily risen, its growth earmarked by the $400m revenue generated by Mayweather versus Pacquiao in 2015 and the sell-out record attendance at the Joshua versus Klitschko fight at Wembley in 2017.