The World is starting to move on after stopping for three weeks to enjoy the beauty of football coming from Russia. A number of players have already announced International retirement. As expected after a major tournament, some coaches have either been sacked or resigned. Neilsen Sports also did a survey that sought to establish the level of interest in soccer across the globe. The results will shock the likes of England, Brazil, Germany, and Nigeria. The so-called football-mad nations are trailing some new entrants. Let’s take a look at top seven countries with the biggest percentage of soccer fans in the World.
7. South Africa- 70% Interested
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South Africa is somehow ahead of Nigeria when it comes to interest in football today. The West African nation was not included in the report. North Africa and East Africa were also not included in the survey but all these countries are crazy about the game. According to the report, about 70 percent of people in South Africa said they are very interested in football. It is the highest ranked country on the continent. Spain also occupies position seven with a similar percentage.
6.Mexico- 73% Interested
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Mexico has been ranked ahead of Brazil and Argentina in the report but they trail Chile who emerged as number one in South America when it comes to interest in football. The Central Americans are ranked sixth with a percentage of 73% interested in football. They were eliminated by the Samba Boys in the round of 16 in 2018 FIFA World Cup.
5. Turkey- 75% Interested
Turkey population is 75% interested in football. The country has a mix of European and Asian culture. It links Europe to the Middle East. They did not qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup but we all remember they reached the semi-finals in 2002 when they defeated Senegal in the quarterfinals.
4. Portugal- 75% Interested
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According to the report, Cristiano Ronaldo is the main reason why Portugal is very much interested in football today. The five times World Player of the year has left Real Madrid this summer to join Serie A giants Juventus. The 33-year-old has won everything in football but he could not help his country go past the round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In 2016, he helped his country lift the EURO.