The 19-year-old French forward Kylian Mbappe is the new Twitter sensation as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made an early exit – at the pre-quarter-finals stage – from the FIFA World Cup 2018. Mbappe’s second goal against Messi’s Argentina was the most talked about moment on Twitter during the round of 16.
The FIFA #WorldCup 2018 has been a rip-roaring roller-coaster ride, and the round of 16 hasn’t failed to deliver on that front. With shock results and late drama forming a bulk of the narrative, football fans on Twitter can’t stop talking about the tournament. The round of 16 too caught football lovers’ attention on Twitter. From Russia shocking Spain, Ronaldo and Messi packing their bags early, to Mbappe stealing the spotlight, fans on Twitter have been talking about it all!, the social media platform has stated in a Press release.
Most mentioned moments
Ronaldo and Messi are going home, so who is the greatest of them all? Try Kylian Mbappe! He stunned Argentina with his pace and goal-scoring ability. Fans on Twitter just couldn’t have enough of the 19-year old French forward @KMbappe. His second goal against Messi and Co. was the most talked about moment of the Round of 16 on Twitter.
Most mentioned players
However, Neymar Jr tops the chart for most mentioned players on Twitter between July 1 and 8.
What do you get when two of the best players in the world make a #WorldCup exit on the same day? Heartbreak! That’s exactly the emotion that fans on Twitter expressed last Saturday when both Argentina and Portugal were knocked out. The result was a World Cup devoid of Ronaldo and Messi, and an emotional outpouring by both sets of fans on Twitter. No surprises then that the duo was among the most mentioned players on the platform for the Round of 16.
However, in India Messi and Ronaldo remained the most talked about players on Twitter during Round 16:
Neymar, positioned third behind Messi and Ronaldo, is the next big name left around in the quarter-finals stage. As Brazil runs into Belgium on Friday for a semi-finals berth, Neymar’s success – or failure – will again keep the fans and twitterati engaged.