When discussing this question, there is a difference between most viewed sports e. Here is a discussion about the number of people who watch and support sport around the world.
Flipboard The World Cup can turn players into instant legends. Some of these include Brazil's Pele, who won three World Cups, Argentina's Diego Maradona and his infamous "Hand of God", and Spaniard Andries Iniesta, who won his country's maiden title with a goal in the dying minutes of the final.
The average audience watching a World Cup stands at 3. The power of the beautiful game! Tour de France — audience reach: 2.
Not only that, it is also the best-attended annual sporting event on the planet. The tournament has given us iconic cyclists, including Lance Armstrong now fallen from grace , Alberto Contador and Chris Froome.
Olympic Games — audience reach: 2-billion opeth91 via Getty Images The summer Olympic Games, which also come round every four years, is the ultimate goal for athletes from diverse disciplines around the world. On average the Games capture the imagination and eyes of 2-billion viewers.
The next Summer Olympics are scheduled for in Tokyo, Japan. Uefa Champions League — audience reach: 1.
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It has an annual global TV audience of 1. Players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka are just some of the stars who have won the Ballon d'Or an award for the best player in the world in the same season in which they won the Champions League.
Getty Images 5. As Russia hosts football's biggest tournament in June, it has already hosted the Confed Cup. Russia won, thrilling the local population — whose joy made it easy to see why the spectacle amasses an average audience of a billion viewers.
The quadrennial multisports event attracts million viewers on average. Rugby World Cup — audience reach: million Agustin Marcarian - World Rugby via Getty Images The gentlemen's game makes up number seven on the list, bringing in an average million viewers.
Because the three-week race takes place between May and June, in balmy late spring Italian weather, is also recognised for its ability to attract live spectators.
Cricket World Cup — audience reach: million Kai Schwoerer-IDI via Getty Images The over tournament, which plays host to world's finest cricket nations, manages to amass an audience of million every four years.
The biggest match in the history of the World Cup was India vs Pakistan in , which attracted a global audience of more than 1-billion viewers. Related Coverage.