FIFA World Cup 2018 most googled event in India in 2018

first_imgFootball’s global showpiece event FIFA World Cup 2018 was the most searched keyword on Google in 2018 and the trend reflected in India, known for its cricket superstars and the fans who idolise them.The 32-team tournament played in Russia was filled with high-octane moments, right from the opening weekend wherein, a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick for Portugal against Spain sent the world into a tizzy. The frenzy continued till the final as two of the best teams in the tournament – France and Croatia battled for the coveted prize with the former winning it.There was enough drama on the field as heavyweights Germany exited the tournament in the group stages while the likes of Spain, Portugal, and Argentina couldn’t go past the Round of 16.The official broadcasters of the World Cup in India had claimed that the tournament had attracted a record 70 million digital viewers.Despite it being considerably less than the 202 million viewers that the official broadcasters of Indian Premier League (IPL) claim, the spike in the number of viewers for the FIFA World Cup showcases the love for football in the country.IPL 2018 second behind “live scores”IPL 2018, the 11th edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament, stands third in the overall list of most-searched keywords in India, behind the term “live scores”.Asia Cup 2018 – the 50-over tournament that India won in the United Arab Emirates also finds a place in the top 10. So does the continent’s biggest multi-sport spectacle – Asian Games 2018.Meanwhile, FIFA World Cup 2018 was also the most-searched news item of 2018 on Google and the most-searched sports keyword on the global search engine.advertisementIPL 2018 stood second on the top 10 list of sports events, followed by Asia Cup 2018 and Asian Games 2018.Strangely, Winter Olympics wherein India’s participation is negligible was searched on Google more than Commonwealth Games 2018 the multi-sport event hosted by Glasgow where Indian athletes went on a medal-winning spree.Wimbledon 2018 was the seventh-most searched sports event in India as the premier tennis tournament topped India’s much-publicised kabaddi and football leagues, Pro Kabaddi 2018 and Indian Super League, respectively.Meanwhile, no sportsperson, including India’s biggest cricket superstar Virat Kohli, featured in the top 10 on the list of most searched personalities on the search platform.”What is” ball-tamperingBall-tampering, which brought shame to Australia cricket team earlier this year, featured in the top 10 list of “what is” searches. Former Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were handed bans for their involvement in the scandal that made headlines across the globe.List of most-searched sports events on Google in 2018 (Top 10)FIFA World Cup 2018IPL 2018Asia Cup 2018Asian Games 2018Winter OlympicsCommonwealth Games 2018Wimbledon 2018Pro Kabaddi 2018Indian Super LeagueAustralian Open 2018Also Read | I was dejected when we missed the last edition of AFC Asian Cup: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Champions League: PSG crush Red Star Belgrade to storm into last 16, Inter Milan crash outAlso Read | Champions League: Salah takes Liverpool into last 16, Tottenham hold Barcelona to advanceAlso See:last_img

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