Sport-by-numbersSPANIARDS are throwing away their shinpads and splashing out on bikes instead.

Cycling is now the most practised sport in the country, while football is on the slide, according to a ministry of sport report.

While 39% of people said they had been cycling in the last year, just 22% said they had played football.

Wannabe Rafa Nadals aren’t hard to come by with 54% of people owning a tennis racket, although just 25% admitted to playing tennis in 2015.

Swimming is also on the rise (38% did last year), as is hiking (31%) and running (29%).


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