Pato is the national sport of Argentina — it’s like basketball on horses
Where it’s popular: Argentina
How it’s played: A hybrid of sorts between polo and basketball, pato is played by two teams on horseback trying to throw a leather-handled ball through a circular hoop. “Pato” is Spanish for “duck,” and earlier versions of the game used a live duck instead of a ball.
How big is it? Pato is known throughout Argentina, where it surprisingly is considered the national sport, above soccer. However, few Argentines actually play the game — there are only about 5,500 officially registered players in the entire country, and the vast majority of Argentines have never even seen a pato match.