Sports is something we are taught to appreciate very early on as children. When playing Sports in schools is almost a religion of sorts. However, into adulthood that passionate participation in Sports can often either morph into a hobby, a form of entertainment to be followed on TV, or in some very lucky cases a Profession. People get really attached to Sports, especially the most watched sports in the world, and often make idols of their favorite sports stars and teams.

Just look at the frenzy that ensues over discussions of Football Premier League Teams, it can often get as violent as Donald Trump-Hilary Clinton oppositions! Friends are made and lost on the basis of those teams! However, mapping the most popular sports in the world is quite a difficult task because different continents and countries get hyped about different sports. For example, Cricket is arguably one of the most popular sports in the UK, but is hardly played in the US, where American Football, Baseball, and Basketball reign supreme.

Top 10 Most Watched Sports in the World

However, below is a rough estimate of some of the most watched sports in the world, based off of media coverage. This is of course only an estimate and an approximate list, as there are way too many parameters to take into consideration in order to come up with a definitive list of world’s most popular sports.

#10. American Football-400 Million Fans

Most watched sports in the world -American Football

Despite the fact that outside of North America this sport hardly has any impact at all, within the continent, however, there is such fervor over the sport that they’ve alone been able to launch it into this list with an estimated approximate of 400 million fans.

Over half of them hail from the United States and Canada alone. Some of its most historically popular teams have been the Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco 49ers. This evolved from the game of Rugby late in the 19th century and by 1920 had been properly established as a sport because of NFL.