Here are the most retweeted sports tweets of 2016

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It’s been quite the year for sports across the domestic and global spectrums, 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

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 Shaq…in 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 Shaq…in 2009?

10. Cristiano Ronaldo commemorates Portugal’s Euro win

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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