FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar the most talked about player on Twitter

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Twitter this FIFA World Cup is abuzz with activity. There are passionate fans and staunch critics and there are global stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – who were trolled intermittently as much for their success, as they are talked about their failures. But during the group stage matches, Neymar is the most talked about player on Twitter.

The football frenzy of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is heading for its climax. From players setting benchmarks through spectacular performances to the ouster of football powerhouses like Argentina, Germany and Spain, the social media is buzzing with football crazy fans discussing moments and sharing thoughts.

The round of 16 is already underway and four teams – Uruguay, Russia, France and Croatia – have booked their berths for the quarterfinals. However, it was the match between Brazil and Costa Rica that saw the most Twitter conversation during the Group Stage. Here are the top 10 most-Tweeted matches during group play:

Top Moments on Twitter – Most Tweeted matches

With Costa Rica vs. Brazil and Germany vs. Republic of Korea coming in as the top matches of the round, four of the top five tweeted moments – as measured in number of tweets per minute – of the Group Stage came from those matches.

Most talked about players on Twitter

Brazil’s Neymar Jr. is the most mentioned #WorldCup player so far on Twitter, followed by Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo may not further stay the point of discussion will fade away after their teams were knocked out in the round of 16.

The Brazilian star will possibly stay atop the list of the most talked about player as he is currently gearing up for the 5th tie of the round of 16 stage against Mexico to secure Brazil a berth in the quarterfinals.

GOAT on Twitter

These players are often paired in Tweets with the ‘goat’ emoji, an abbreviation of the phrase – Greatest Of All Time

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

3. Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)