Brazil, Messi most favored in India – Survey

49% of Indians are supporting the five time-champions Brazi, while Argentina and Germany share the second spot at the list with 15% each support from the country, according to a survey conducted by Skyscanner, a global travel search site. Messi is the hottest star according to female football fans.


7% of Indians support Netherlands, while England and Italy lost ground soon after being dropped before the quarter finals.

Though the major metros including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad have their own characteristic traits, fans across these cities see Brazil lifting the trophy this season. And while New Delhi and Mumbai vouch for Germany at the second spot, Kolkata’s support for Argentina – the team that visited the Salt Lake stadium back in 2011 continues unabated, the survey found.

With 4 goals and 40 dribbles in 4 matches, Lionel Messi, known as the ‘King of Dribbling’ is not only leading the ground for Argentina but has swayed 38% of women surveyed for the hottest footballer of the season spot.

Always making a style statement with his unique hairstyles, Cristiano Ronaldo makes it to the second spot with only 22% of women voting for him. The French footballer and team’s national key striker, Olivier Giroud is the third favourite. “While he is famous for his rough play and the ability to outsmart almost any defender he comes head to head with, his attractive physique is doing the rounds among women,” Skyscanner said.

Lionel Messi is the top favourite amongst men too, with close to 50% men who were surveyed from all major metros swearing by his side. Despite of holding the title of FIFA Ballon D’or, Cristiano Ronaldo falls short with only 26% support from the Indian men.