FIFA World Cup, the most digital, most connected, and most searched global sporting event we’ve seen to date is over, but the digital data is still flowing.
There were more than 2.1 billion tournament-related searches on Google; Germany won their fourth world championship, and, over the course of the last month, the world watched them do it?in Brazil, in bars and living rooms around the world, on their phones, laptops and tablets. Every game in the tournament brought along a wave of cheer to some, disappointment to others.
During this extraordinary tournament, there were fans who closely watched the skill, attitude and gameplay of both their favourite teams and the rivals. Each player in the game was essential, although only a few caught the world?s attention. Google Search captures the ecstasy of fans during the World Cup to present a list of the most searched player line-up in the history of the game!
Goalkeepers: US Goal keeper Tim Howard was absolutely heroic against Belgium. His 15 incredible saves not only ensured that he kept an out-matched United States team in the game but also that he zoomed in search rankings by fans across the world, who recognized him as the best goal keeper on Google search. Although Germany’s Manuel Neuer won the World Cup Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper, Tim Howard beats him with more searches on Google to win the honour of being the top searched in his category.
Defenders: Football fans globally chose the Brazilian star pair David Luiz and Thiago Silva to guard their goal posts as key defenders.
Midfield: Fans have chosen an excellent mix of attack, skill, technique and aggression with the Japanese-Chilean duo of Atsuto Uchida and Gonzalo Jara respectively who enjoy the most searched epitaph in the midfield defence positions. They?re followed by German mid- fielder Sami Khedira and Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, both of who play forward attacking midfield positions.
Forwards: Injured Brazilian star striker Neymar along with Netherland?s Arjen Robben remain fan favourites to play the forward attack positions. Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina?s Lionel Messi may have not performed to the expectations of fans this World Cup, but online search trends reveal that they retain the top spot when it comes to being the best strikers in the World Cup.