Foreign media commented on the 25 most popular sports in the world, and badminton ranked only 16th?

To rank the popularity of any sports, we must first determine the ranking criteria. According to the following 13 factors, a foreign sports media selected the 25 most popular sports in the world, while badminton ranked only 16th.

Selection criteria:

1. The number and scale of the global audience;

2. TV ratings;

3. The scale of global professional leagues;

4. TV broadcasting rights;

5. Commercial endorsement and sponsorship;

6. Average salary of top league stars;

7. Number of countries participating in the campaign;

8. Number of social media;

9. Make headlines on the Internet, TV and other media;

10. Annual relevance;

11. Regional advantages;

12. Gender equality;

13. Ordinary people all over the world can play.

TOP1: Football


Football has more than 4 billion fans around the world, which is by far the most popular sport in the world. The World Cup is the most iconic event in this sport. It is not only the most concerned event, but also one of the highest paid competitions in all sports in the world. Football is a very easy sport. Almost everyone in the world has played football in his life.

The English Premier League is the most concerned professional league in the world. It is broadcast in 212 regions around the world, with more than 5 billion viewers watching the live broadcast every season. Sky TV and BT Sports Channel paid a total of 5.136 billion pounds for the broadcasting rights of the Premier League in the 2016-2019 season! And superstar Ronaldo has more than 150 million fans on social networking sites. Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most watched teams on all social media, and each team has more than 100 million fans around the world.

TOP2: Basketball


Basketball has more than 1 billion fans worldwide, and NBA is very popular in the United States, bringing in more than $4.75 billion in revenue every year. At present, basketball ranks second in the global professional leagues, and quite a few countries have held basketball leagues. Spanish, Greek, Italian, French, China and other countries are holding professional basketball leagues, which makes basketball the fastest growing sport. The average annual salary of NBA stars is about $4.4 million, which is the second highest average salary in all leagues in the world.

TOP3: cricket


Cricket has nearly 2 billion fans worldwide and is one of the most popular sports in England, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. Cricket League is the third most watched game in the world, second only to football World Cup and rugby World Cup.

TOP4: Tennis


Unlike football, basketball and cricket, which require the participation of many people, tennis is the most popular individual sport in the world, with more than 1 billion fans. The most concerned games are the four Grand Slam events held every year in Australia, France, Wimbledon and the United States.

At the same time, tennis is also the highest prize in all individual sports. There are huge prizes in all four Grand Slams, and the prize money in men’s singles and women’s singles is the highest in all individual sports. In Grand Slam-level events, players earn 200,000 RMB even for a round of tour.

TOP5: Track and Field


Track and field is one of the most influential sports in the world so far, and it is also the most concerned event in the Olympic Games. Most countries in the world will participate in the Olympic track and field events. In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Bolt’s defending tour in the men’s 100-meter final was the most watched event in the history of the Olympic Games, with more than 1 billion viewers worldwide.

TOP6: football


Rugby is popular in Britain, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other countries. Originated in rugby, England in 1823, it was originally named Rugby Football, or rugby for short. France has the largest rugby league in the world, and most of the high-income stars come from French clubs.

In 2015, more than 2.47 million tickets were sold for the Rugby World Cup, among which 480,000 fans came from overseas.

TOP7: World Formula One Championship


F1 is the highest level racing competition in the world today. It is also called "the three major sports events in the world" together with the Olympic Games and the World Cup, with an annual audience rating of 60 billion people.

First of all, F1 is the top race in motor racing. The overall arrangement of the whole year, the race organization of each race, the team work, TV broadcast and other aspects are in good order. This is also the result of continuous improvement since it was held in 1950. It takes 5 to 6 minutes to change one tire from the very beginning, and it only takes about 2 seconds to change four tires now. F1 race can be said to be a collection of high technology, team spirit, wisdom and courage of drivers. It is said that F1 earns between $1.5 billion and $2 billion a year, and Hamilton earns about $40 million a year, making him the highest-paid athlete in F1 at present.

TOP8: Boxing


In this sports list, boxing is as global as tennis and track and field, and boxing is also one of the most popular sports during the Olympic Games. Boxing is a minority in China, but it is absolutely popular in Europe and America.

In the century war between Pacquiao and Mayweather in 2015, Mayweather received an appearance fee of $180 million after playing for 36 minutes, which is equivalent to the sum of the annual income of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Woods. Pacquiao is also full of pots, and the appearance fee of $120 million is equivalent to $3.33 million in one minute. As the most expensive game in boxing history, the official ticket price is $1,500-$7,500, which is still in short supply.

TOP9: ice hockey


Ice hockey is the largest winter sport in the world, and it is very popular in Russia, the United States, Denmark, Sweden and other countries. The North American Professional Ice Hockey League (NHL) is one of the largest professional sports leagues in the world, with an annual income of more than 4.1 billion US dollars, which is equivalent to the NFL, Premier League and NBA as the top five professional leagues in the world.

TOP10: volleyball


Volleyball is very popular in developing countries, such as China, Brazil, Turkey and South Korea. The volleyball court is simple in equipment and the rules of the game are easy to master. It can not only compete and train on the court, but also exercise in the general open space. The amount of exercise can be large or small, which is suitable for people of different ages, sexes, physiques and training levels.