Cricket is a sport adored in many parts of the world while almost unheard of in some parts of it, On the other hand football is not only a sport but a religion in many countries and is famous the world over and has more followers than cricket due to its fast pace and high adrenaline pump moments. Cricket does not attract the amount of following that football has due to the slow pace and more duration, though T-20’s have made several parts of the world realize it is as thrilling as football. Both the sports cannot be compared as such due to different conditions and the number of nations playing these sports.
The football world cup is more popular compare to cricket
Football and cricket evolved around the same time in the 19th century i.e. football in 1863 and cricket in 1844, even though cricket was played in England since the 16th and 17th century, Interestingly both the sports were initially played by England. Both grew steadily throughout 19th and 20th centuries and amassed massive fan followings. Today football has 208 member countries playing the game whereas cricket has over a 100. Football has since had enormous fan following throughout the globe. Cricket did not grow as much because of the longer duration and lesser interest shown by people in various parts of the world. Amazingly, many countries of the world do not even know what cricket is.
The football world cup in 2014 attracted 3.9 billion views approximately while the cricket world cup 2015 garnered around 2 billion views. The difference largely remains due to absence of American and majority of European viewers in cricket, while for football world cup almost the entire world watches the adrenaline pumping action for 90 minutes. Another factor affecting viewership is the number of participating countries. The football world cup 2014 involved 32 teams while the cricket world cup 2015 involved 14, thus reducing chances for other countries to have viewers.
The football world cup is the most popular
Football fans all over the globe wait for the FIFA world cup. The famous theme songs for FIFA world cups are eagerly awaited with the Waka Waka in 2010 and We Are One in the 2014 world cup. They generate massive hype among fans and the added glamour is always a plus. The cricket world cup does not have such hype nor the glitz associated with the football world cup.
Also there is lot more money involved in the FIFA world cup with the prize money itself being $31 million while it was $2 million in the cricket world cup 2011. This makes it easier for organizers to make it an extravagant event with sponsors all over the world making it a treat for spectators watching live as well as viewers at home. The cricket world cup however involves fewer nations and cannot afford as much extravagance.
Football is widely popular amongst all countries. I am yet to hear about a single nation that doesn’t play the sport, just because of the sheer thrill it gives you for the 90 minutes. Cricket however has been lately opting for shorter versions as they have realized that the longer format is quite boring for the audience. Also there’s the prospect of betting, which makes you earn quick bucks and that too legally in a shorter duration of time. Betting in cricket matches is mostly illegal because the largest cricket playing nation i.e. India does not allow legal betting on cricket matches.
Thus, the world of football is vast and the FIFA world cup is supposedly the biggest sporting extravaganza, Cricket too has bright prospects and it is expected to catch up with football in the future.