Whatever the criteria used to measure popularity soccer ranks as the most popular sport. This is so because it has the most followers who play and watch the game and is the richest sport. But the question arises as to why so many people love the game and in order to find the answer one has to go further and look at the factors that make it so appealing.Soccer has the largest fan following in the modern world; everyone loves the beautiful game.According to the Bleacher Report on the Most Popular Sports, soccer is played in 2016. Watch video in link below
Video link: http://wp.me/p7PtNj-20I
Compare this to cricket (the second most popular sport) which is only played in the British Commonwealth, and is the most popular sport in only 20 countries with a population of 1.6 billion. Cricket is in the top 3 sports in only 10 countries with a population of 200 million people. The cricket World Cup is the second largest sporting event with an audience of 5 billion, much less than its soccer equivalent.As for basketball (the third most popular sport), it is the most popular sport.