As FIFA World Cup 2022 gets near, fans are already producing search engine queries and social media hashtags about the tournament, teams and players. We took a deep look into analytics of google search traffic and twitter hashtag statistics related to FIFA World Cup, its qualified teams and players and here is the dream team based on such analytics.
Now imagine if put together a team solely based on social media popularity and google search trends for the World Cup, it will be the most exciting team on paper atleast not so much on the pitch. So lets get into it.
FIFA World Cup Dream Team Based On Search & Hashtag Trends:
Ronaldo vs Messi:
Although Ronaldo and Messi are past their prime but since they are playing their very last World Cup, we can imagine the debate who is better “Messi vs Ronaldo” set to continue before, during and after the World Cup.
Neymar & Mbappe
The PSG duo of Neymar and Mbappe dont see eye to eye and both of them will be gunning for World Cup glory with their respective national teams.
Pogba & KDB
Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne are two other players who are immensely popular on social media and in google search trends. Pogba most often for the wrong reasons. He recent highly public fued with brother in extorsion money, witch doctors and what not. but KDB just means business on the pitch. Two players who could not be more contrasting in style and eventual output on the pitch.
Varane & Maguire
When it comes to defense, Raphael Varane’s recent injury kind of shook the football world, but he might be fit and we can imagine google search about “Varane Injury” set to soar as the world cup squad announcements get closer.
The other defender who might create a few headlines is Harry Maguire if selected in the squad by England which is a big possibility considering Gareth Southgate is loyal to his 2018 World Cup and 2021 Euro players. Maguire has suffered plenty abuse and meme material online in last 12 months and we can imagine that to continue unless he get his performances back to World Cup 2018 levels.
Hakimi & Davies
Achraf Hakimi is usually talk of transfers every summer transfer window and with his national team in the world cup and him playing for one of the best teams in Europe in PSG we can imagine whole Morocco rooting for him.
Canadian born, Alphonso Davies is just 21 year old but he is already considered one of the best full backs in the world. He performances will be under the microscope everytime Canada play.
As for the keeper, recent Ballon D’or nominee Thibaut Courtois is currently the best keeper in the world on form. However he can’t keep his mouth shut and always creating headlines with weird statements looking for appreciation