By analyzing the biggest leagues, teams and sports players in the world, TicketSource has highlighted the biggest names and establishments in the sport according to their influence and authority. The Los Angeles Lakers took second place among the most influential sports teams in the world behind Manchester United, the English Premier League team, with a score of 8.74 points.

The biggest sports teams in the world:

Rank Team Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook followers Annual Wikipedia page consultations Annual Google searches Influence rating / 10
1 Manchester United 47,000,000 27,000,000 74 639 114 6,931,945 45,040,000 9.52
2 the Los Angeles Lakers 17,400,000 10,000,000 21 657 521 2,966,322 12,907,000 8.74
3 New York Yankees 2,800,000 3,500,000 7 918 275 1,252,899 12 623 000 8.53
4 Dallas Cowboys 3,600,000 3,900,000 7 927 993 1 109 077 51,370,000 8.51
5 New England Patriots 4,300,000 4,500,000 6,527,069 1,520,424 13,749,000 8.08

The seventeen-time NBA champions are the best team in their own league, followed by the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat:

1. Los Angeles Lakers

Instagram Followers – 17.4 million

Twitter followers – 10 million

Facebook Followers – 21.7 million

Wikipedia annual pageviews – 3 million

Annual Google searches – 12.9 million

2. Golden State Warriors

Instagram Followers – 18.6 million

Twitter followers – 6.8 million

Facebook Followers – 11.8 million

Wikipedia annual pageviews – 1.6 million

Annual Google searches – 15.8 million

3. Miami Heat

Instagram Followers – 4.9 million

Twitter followers – 4.8 million

Facebook Followers – 14.4 million

Wikipedia annual pageviews – 1 million

Annual Google searches – 31.5 million