A record one billion tuned in to watch the clash between India and Pakistan Image: PA Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email India's World Cup clash against Pakistan could be the most watched cricket match in history — with an estimated one billion tuning in. The Manchester rain intervened but it could not dampen the spirits of the arch rivals, with fans travelling thousands of miles to Old Trafford.
Lesser global appeal means it remains to some extent in the shadow of it's larger cousin Rugby Union, which some its major starts have defected to. Korea, S.
Soccer is the biggest global sport and a top 10 sport in all countries measured, as well as the dominant sport in South America, Europe and Africa.
The world cup final is watched by an estimated million people. More than countries take part in the world cup qualifying. Has 5 of 10 worlds highest attended leagues and stars Messi and Ronaldo in top 10 paid sportsmen. NBA finals broadcast in over countries, with over 10 countries represented on the the rosters.
Over national basketball federations. Korea, Neth. Arabia, Indonesia, Thailand, Sweden High interest: All months Dominates sports media coverage for around a quarter of the world's population in the Indian sub-continent.
Arabia, Indonesia, Netherlands, S. Wimbledon finals in top 10 most watched annual events and Roger Federer 4th highest paid sportsman.
Arabia, Indonesia, Nigeria, S.
Also a major sport in Canada, Mexico and Korea, although less interest elsewhere. MLB and Nippon league are the 2 most attended sports leagues in the world.
Many of world's stars are also from latin american origin. Arabia, S. Also big in neigbouring Canada and Mexico. Whilst less successful in globalising than other US sports, it maintains some interest as a minor sport in most of world.
Arabia, Indonesia Medium sport in: Japan, China. Korea, Algeria, Kazakhstan High interest: February to November Has a major following in Europe and Latin America, but also has strong interest across the developing world. Races broadcast to over countries with a reported estimated viewing figures of around million per race.
Africa, Netherlands, S. Korea, Philippines High interest: May to August A very global sport with significant interest across all countries measured.
Most watched sport in world's biggest event, the summer Olympics, with m final an iconic global event gaining an estimated audience over a billion. More than 40 countries gained medals at the last olympics from all continents.
Strong growth in 00s considered to be driven by global popularity of Tiger Woods. Some interest also in Western Europe. World championship gained cumulative audience of over million in over countries, despite limited participation of some major NHL stars.
Africa, S. Less structured nature of sport considered to put popularity under threat from UFC. Players such as Lin Dan in China and Saina Nehwal in India are considered major sporting figures, with richest stars having a net worth of more than 30 million dollars.
More national federations than any other sport at more than and some estimates place it as having the most number of participants. World championships screened live across Europe and Asia. Also some interest in UK, where it was traditionally based.
Korea, Neth, S. Second highest interest sport in Summer Olympics, with champions from US, Asia, Europe and South America, although more limited interest for regular events.