James Rodriguez most searched player after Portugal surprise exit

Robin Van Persies flying goal most searched as fans relive memories online.

July 03, 2014 2:18 IST | India Infoline News Service
As the tournament races through the knockout stage, football fans across the world witnessed great football moments, painful exits and exhilarating wins in the World Cup group stage. Marked by some remarkable performances, upsetting exits, referee gaffes, miscellaneous actions and repeated history, the tournament saw some great teams and names collapse. At the same time the group stage also witnessed the emergence of new names who are basking in the spotlight.

To celebrate these crazy first weeks, heres a post group-stage wrap-up, from Google. Google search trends highlights some of the most interesting and cherished moments drawing incredible attention of fans online.

As Colombia cruised into the quarter final, James Rodriguez became the most searched player on the planet. Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the World Cup's biggest revelation
Robin Van Persies flying goal ruled the search charts during the group stage as fans flocked to the internet to relive his incredible piece of skill near the start of the tournament
Messis first goal was the second most popular search term after the Argentine scored a superb solo goal as his team beat Bosnia 2-1
Football fans were also keen to see Dempseys fastest goal after the American player scored in the first 30 seconds against Ghana
In the biggest sporting battle, every goal demands an incredible celebration and thats what we all saw on ground during the matches.
England's Daniel Sturridge celebration after his goal against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D match stood beyond others gaining huge interest from fans online. Englands physio Gary Lewin injured himself during the course of the celebration
Christiano Ronaldo topped traditional Google search results despite his team getting knocked out in the early stages. There was a lot of interest in the Portuguese 2013 Ballon d'Or winner due to injury woes and his hairstyle changing on a daily basis
As England and Italy both exit from World Cup, England opening encounter against Italy remained the most searched battle in the group stages. USA vs Ghana match in Group G and Group A battle between Brazil and Mexico was also quiet popular among fans online
Managing to impress with his team performance as they move to the knockout stage, Brazialian Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari remained the favourite among the online audience drawing the most number of searches for any team manager
Fans interest for FIFA World Cup is not just limited to the on ground action reveals Google search trends. Searches around players Hair style to their girlfriends/Wives was also one of the major highlight of the group stage.
Neymars hair remained most popular followed by Ronaldo and David Luiz
Spanish defender Gerard Pique partner and popular pop star Shakira remained most searched life partner followed closely by Portuguese star Ronaldos supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk.

Controversy has never been far away, with headbutts, dives, last-minute penalties and even biting generating talking points during the tournament. Match Referee Yuichi Nishimura remained the most searched referee in the group stages grabbing lots of headlines for his controversial decisions in the opening match of the tournament.
Interestingly the most searched teams during the World Cup group stage including England, Portugal, Mexico and Italy are already out of the contest with Brazil as the only exception leading from the top. The knockout could well serve some other surprises.

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