Here are the most retweeted sports tweets of 2016

Tuesday December 6th, 2016

It’s been quite the year for sports around the world, and Twitter, of course, has been around to witness all of it.

From Leicester City’s stunning title to Muhammad Ali’s passing, from retirements to fake retirements to downright oddities, here’s a list of what resonated the most with users of the platform, both around the globe and in the U.S.

Most Retweeted U.S. Sports Tweets

Data courtesy of Twitter. 

1. Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

2. Marshawn Lynch cryptically retires from football

3. Kobe Bryant reflects on his final NBA game

4. Conor McGregor says he’s retiring (he didn’t)

5. A thoughtful thought from 2009?

6. Stephen A. Smith hates on Kevin Durant

7. LeBron asks for your respect

8. Dee Gordon’s emotional leadoff home run after Jose Fernandez’s death

9. Mike Tyson pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

10. Conor McGregor unretires

Most Retweeted Global Sports Tweets

1. Leicester City takes the Premier League

2. Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Manchester United

4. Leicester City players celebrate as their title becomes official

5. Marshawn Lynch cryptically retires from football

6. Kobe Bryant reflects on his final NBA game

7. Conor McGregor says he’s retiring (he didn’t)

8. Ibrahimovic prepares for his final match with PSG

9. A thoughtful thought from 2009?

10. Cristiano Ronaldo commemorates Portugal’s Euro win

And here are the top sports trends in the U.S. and around the world, according to Twitter. 

Top U.S. Sports Trends

1. #SB50

2. #Rio2016

3. #NBAFinals

4. #WorldSeries

5. #MambaDay (Kobe Bryant tribute day)

6. #MarchMadness (NCAA basketball tournament)

7. #KeepPounding (Carolina Panthers team motto)

8. #DubNation (Golden State Warriors phrase)

9. #FlyTheW (Chicago Cubs team motto)

10. #NFL (National Football League)

Top Global Sports Trends

1. #Rio2016 (2016 Rio Olympic Games)

2. #Euro2016 (UEFA European Championship)

3. #SB50 (Super Bowl 50)

4. #NBAFinals (NBA Finals)

5. #CopaAmerica (Copa América Centenario Tournament)

6. #UCL (UEFA Champions League)

7. #WorldSeries (World Series)

8. #NationalChampionship (NCAA CFB/BB National Championship)

9. #Ballondor (FIFA Ballon d'Or)

10. #Wimbledon (Wimbledon Tournament)

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