Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Top Online Searches During FIFA World Cup 2014


He may not have been able to deliver the World Cup to Argentina but Lionel Messi topped the Google search results for forwards during the just-concluded event in Brazil along with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. (Related: World Cup final breaks social media records)

“Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi may have not performed to the expectations of fans this World Cup, but online search trends reveal that they retain the top spot when it comes to being the best strikers in the World Cup,” Google said in a release. (Also read: Argentina press lauds team)

There were more than 2.1 billion tournament-related searches on Google. For the record, Germany won their fourth world title beating Argentina 1-0 in the final which was decided in extra time.

American Tim Howard, who made 15 saves during the tournament, was the most searched goalkeeper beating Germany’s Golden Glove winner Manuel Neur.

Coming to defenders, football fans searched the Brazilian star pair David Luiz and Thiago Silva more than any other in the event.

Moving to the midfield, the Japanese-Chilean duo of Atsuto Uchida and Gonzalo Jara along with German’s Sami Khedira and Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo were the most searched.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup, Kick-Off Modes Delayed

EA has delayed the launch of FIFA 14’s Ultimate Team: World Cup and World Cup Kick-Off Modes because of “unforeseen issues,” according to a post on the EA forums.

“Knowing that our players have been so excited for these new modes made it a tough decision,” the announcement reads. “However, as we progressed through final testing we encountered unforeseen issues that would affect all users who downloaded the update, so it’s important to address them first before release.”

n the five years since Ultimate Team’s introduction, the feature has garnered a huge following by FIFA players –– IGN took an extended look at the mode’s introduction and evolution. Ultimate Team: World Cup will allow players to build a team from scratch using the rosters for the upcoming World Cup tournament. Kick-Off World Cup, which was scheduled for release today on PS4 and Xbox One, will add the 32 World Cup teams to non-competitive play.

EA promised an update later in the day as to the status of the issues affecting the World Cup modes.