Sports is more than just entertainment. For some, it is part of their culture. As such, post-pandemic 2021 brought many events to look forward to, specifically in the sports industry. These include football, cricket, basketball, etc. As such, every game has a team or player that excels exceptionally.

Thus, Real Research — the online survey application, launched a survey to seek the public opinion about who they think is the Best Sports Team and Players 2021 in every sport. Here are the results.


  • 23.07% say India was the best cricket team of the year 2021.
  • 16.17% believe Giannis Antetokounmpo was the best basketball player of the year 2021.
  • 17.51% feel Bayern Munich was the best football team for the year 2021.

First, the survey asked respondents what the best sports tournament of the year 2021 was. To this, the majority (30.93%) say ‘Tokyo Olympics 2020’, 20.29% say ‘Cricket World Cup in Dubai’, and 6.14% say ‘The 2020 European Football Championship’. Moreover, 5.39% say ‘UEFA Champions League Final 2021’ while 3.75% say ‘NBA, season 2020-2021’. Lastly, 2.97% say ‘Biathlon World Championship’ and 2.44% say ‘Ice Hockey World Championship’.

Respondents Choose the Best Cricket Team 2021

Next, the ‘Best Sports Team and Players 2021’ survey asks respondents which cricket team is the best in the year 2021. To this, the majority (23.07%) said ‘India’, 17.89% say ‘England’, 9.76% say ‘Pakistan’, 6.82% say ‘Australia’, and 5.52% say ‘New Zealand’. To highlight, 8.75% do not watch cricket.

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Figure 1: The best cricket teams of 2021

Following up, the survey asks who is the best cricket player of the year 2021? To this, the majority (16.22%) said ‘Babar Azam, Pakistan’, 14.52% said ‘Aaron Finch, Australia’, and 13.89% said ‘Rohit Sharma, India’. Moreover, 9.22% say ‘Virat Kohli, India’, 3.76% say ‘Jonny Bairstow, England’, and chose 3.65% ‘Ross Taylor, New Zealand’.

Respondents Choose the Best Basketball Team for 2021

The ‘Best Sports Team and Players 2021’ survey then asks what is the best basketball team for the year 2021? To this, the majority (18.43%) say ‘Brooklyn Nets’, 6.21% say ‘Milwaukee Bucks’, and 5.75% say ‘Utah Jazz’. Moreover, 5.47% say ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’, 5.18% say ‘Chicago Bulls’, 3.12% ‘Memphis Grizzlies’, and 2.64% say ‘Los Angeles Lakers’. However, 17.82% however, do not watch basketball.

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Figure 2: The best basketball teams of the year 2021

Following this, respondents were asked who is the best basketball player for the year 2021? To this, the majority (16.17%) say ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo’, 10.28% say ‘Kevin Durant’, 8.67% say ‘Stephen Curry’, and 6.65% say ‘LeBron James’. Moreover, 3.78% say ‘James Harden’ while 3.10% say ‘Kawhi Leonard’.

Respondents Choose the Best Football Club for 2021

Further, the ‘Best Sports Team and Players 2021’ survey asked which was the best football club of the year 2021. To this, the majority (17.51%) say ‘Bayern Munich’, 11.90% say ‘Manchester City,’ 9.75% ‘Real Madrid’, and 6.75% say ‘Barcelona’. Lastly, 4.63% say ‘Liverpool’ and  10.62% do not watch football.

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Figure 3: The best football club of the year 2021

To conclude, the survey asked who the respondents think is the best football player of the year 2021? To this, 28.92% say ‘Lionel Messi’, 14.30% say ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’, 6.65% say ‘Son Heung-min’, and 6.38% say ‘Robert Lewandowski’.


Survey TitleSurvey on Best Sports Team and Players 2021
DurationDecember 31, 2021 – January 07, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.