Top 10 Biggest Sportswear Brands in the World

Sports brands or, more precisely, sportswear brands have been booming for quite some time now. More and more people all over the world are joining in on the trend for more exercise and sports in their daily lives. An unsurprising development considering an active lifestyle has proven to be beneficiary to your health and life expectancy. And yet, there is still a lot of potential to grow for these sports brands since there are still too many people who do not get the recommended amount of exercise. In order to exercise you need the right gear that will support you during your hopefully regular dose of sporting activity and make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Take all these facts together and you won’t find it surprising that the global sports brand have steadily grown over the last few decades and are now generating more than $100 billion in revenues put together. But which of these clothing sports brands are the biggest? There are two sportswear brands in particular who have been dominating the market for around three whole decades now. And while these two brands are still comfortable in the lead, there are quite a number of sports brands who have emerged fairly recently and are now also part of the global Top 10. Check out our updated Top 10 ranking of the 10 biggest sportswear brands in the world by generated worldwide sales. Did you, too contribute to these sales numbers recently?

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The 10 Biggest Sportswear Brands in the World 2020

(as of April 2020)

1. NIKE
Worldwide sportswear sales: $39.1 billion
2. ADIDAS
Worldwide sportswear sales: $25.6 billion
3. PUMA
Worldwide sportswear sales: $5.7 billion
4. UNDER ARMOUR
Worldwide sportswear sales: $5.2 billion
5. NEW BALANCE
Worldwide sportswear sales: $4.1 billion
6. LULULEMON ATHLETICA
Worldwide sportswear sales: $3.4 billion
7. COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR
Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.9 billion
8. ASICS
Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.7 billion
9. FILA
Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.6 billion
10. REEBOK
Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.0 billion

Ranking of the top 10 sportswear brands based on worldwide 2019 sportswear sales.

1. Nike

nike - biggest sports brand in the world

Worldwide sportswear sales: $39.1 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1964
Based in: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
Owned by: Nike, Inc.

Nike remains the biggest sportswear brand in the world. With a revenue nearing $40 billion now, the Oregon-bases American company has been and still is quite comfortably in the lead within the global sportswear market. Shoes still represent the main product line of Nike, but they are far from the only one at this point.


2. Adidas

adidas - second of the biggest sports brands

Worldwide sportswear sales: $25.6 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1949
Based in: Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany
Owned by: Adidas AG

The second giant on the global sportswear market is Adidas, a company founded by Adolf Dassler (hence the name). Like arch competitor Nike, the German corporation mainly produces shoes for all kinds of sporting activities, but is also a more general sports brand at this point and active in many other fields of the world of sports and daily lifestyle.


3. Puma

puma - third of the biggest sports brands in the world

Worldwide sportswear sales: $5.7 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1948
Based in: Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany
Owned by: Puma SE

Puma was founded by Rudolf Dassler, the brother of Adidas founder Adolf Dassler. The brothers originally founded and led their company. After a major argument they then decided to part ways and each founded their own respective company. Puma is based in the same small Bavarian town as Adidas. While it is far smaller than their brotherly company, they do still hold a strong third place on the global sportswear market.


4. Under Armour

under armour - fourth of the biggest sports brands worldwide

Worldwide sportswear sales: $5.2 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1996
Based in: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Owned by: Under Armour, Inc.

Like the top three sports brands, Under Armour is also mainly, but not exclusively, offering shoes. The American company is fairly new, having been founded only in the mid-90s. But the Baltimore-based sportswear brand has been quite ambitious and is rising fast in the world of footwear and sporting apparel.


5. New Balance

new balance - top 5 sportswear brands in the world

Worldwide sportswear sales: $4.1 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1906
Based in: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Owned by: New Balance, Inc.

The Top 5 on the sports brands market is completed by yet another company that is mainly focusing on footwear. Originally founded in 1906 as a manufacturer of arch support, New Balance is now selling own shoes (alongside other sports lifestyle clothing).


6. Lululemon Athletica

Worldwide sportswear sales: $3.4 billion

Main sports product: Yoga apparel

Founded in: 1998
Based in: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Owned by: Lululemon Athletica, Inc.


7. Columbia Sportswear

Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.9 billion

Main sports product: Outerwear

Founded in: 1938
Based in: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
Owned by: Columbia Sportswear Company


8. Asics

Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.7 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1949
Based in: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Owned by: Asics Corporation


9. Fila

Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.6 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1911
Based in: Seoul, South Korea
Owned by: Fila Korea Corporation


10. Reebok

Worldwide sportswear sales: $2.0 billion

Main sports product: Shoes

Founded in: 1958
Based in: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Owned by: Adidas AG


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