Top 5 Most Popular Sports in the Commonwealth!

This is a controversial topic depending on where you are in the world however based on the stats across our partner betting platforms we’ve ranked the top 5 most popular sports within the Commonwealth countries. All games are available to play on LeoVegas, one of the most prominent operators in India.

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#1. Cricket is number one in our country

Although it carries slightly less global followers (~2.5 billion) vs Football (~4 billion followers), Indian Players would agree this is the #1 most popular sport within the Commonwealth. India, England, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan are ranked in the International Cricket Council as the highest-performing teams in the world. LeoVegas offers Cricket including Indian markets.

#2. Football

Commonly referred to as soccer in the US but as football in the rest of the world, this international empire is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries with over 4 billion fans globally. The World Cup alone ticks over ~600 million views. Real Madrid and Barcelona make up the highest percentage of the Football fan base.

#3. Rugby 

More than 2.5 million registered players globally across 101 countries. Commonly split between two game rules Rugby League and Rugby Union. International games are played under Rugby Union rules. There are four countries constantly battling to win the Rugby World Cup; New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England. 

#4. Tennis

By far the most popular individualised sport with the likes of international phenomenons Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breaking global records. The four major Tennis tournaments include Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

#5. Basketball 

Invented in 1891 in Massachusetts, USA to compete with Football and so teams could play inside during the cold snowy months. Basketball is known to have 1 billion followers globally. The Boston Celtics have won the most NBA championships with 17 wins. Michael Jordan has the record for most points scored in the playoffs with 5,987 points.

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