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FIFA World Cup
Nimbuzz survey shows Messi to win Golden Boot
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just round the corner and Indian football fans are eager for the competition to kick-start on 12 June 2014. Nimbuzz, an app similar to Whatsapp, launched an initiative - Pulse of the Nation and pushed out a string of questions everyday through the Pulse of the Nation Chat Buddy that appear as regular contacts on the chat roster of over 25 million Nimbuzz users across the country and collated their opinions.

The knowledgeable Indian football fans' expressed their opinion on various topics such as player likely to receive golden boot, golden ball, underdog team etc. The findings of the research brought highlight some interesting facts.

Golden Boot

The Golden Boot is awarded to a player with the highest number of goals in the tournament. Out of the 22,235 respondents for the golden boot, 47% of the respondents think that it is Barcelona and the Argentinean forward, Lionel Messi who will win the golden boot. Surprisingly, Wayne Rooney is second in the list with 29 %, while Bastin Schweinsteiger with 19% remains third in the list. But, it is rather surprising that strikers such as Luis Suarez, Cavani, Costa, Lukaku did not figure in the top three players.

Golden Ball

Golden Ball is awarded to the best player of the tournament. With a number of world class players at their disposal, it could either be a midfielder, striker, defender, goalie who could win the coveted title. There were a total of 50,314 who responded to the question ? who will win the golden ball?

Around 44 percent of the respondents feel that it is the Brazilian striker, Neymar who has a great chance to win the award. With Brazil expected to receive huge support from the fans, it could well be Neymar, who could lit the tournament with his skills. 22 percent feel that Lionel Messi has a good chance, while the Spaniard playmaker Iniesta has a greater chance than Messi, as 34 percent voted for Iniesta.

As expected, one always votes for such attacking players to win the award, and history also supports their case with Zidane and Diego Forlan being the last two winners in 2006 and 2010 respectively.


As in the previous world cups, there is always a category of contenders, favourites and underdogs, and it is the last category, which can spring in a surprise winning huge matches and thrashing favourites. Nations such as Chile, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Ghana may fall in this bracket of underdogs. The findings of the research reflects Russia to be the biggest underdog with 62 percent respondents, followed by Belgium with 21 percent and Ivory Coast with 17 percent.

Apart from these above topics, there were a number of questions, which were asked to the respondents. The result of other findings are as follows:

Best mentor/ icon

Respondents: 20,009

Felipe Scolari, Brazil- 53%

JoachiaLoew, Germany? 25%

Roy Hodgson, England- 12%

Who will flaunt the coolest hairstyle on the ground?

Respondents: 28,987

Mario Balotelli, Italy? 54%

Stephen El Shaarawy,Italy? 24%

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal? 22%


Who is most likely to take home the Fair Play award?

Respondents: 27,336

Spain ? 46%

Uruguay? 34%

France-  20%


Who according to you is the most fashionable player in the World Cup?

Respondents: 34,308

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal? 52%

Iker Casillas,Spain - 28%

Mario Gotze, Germany- 20%


Which celebrity you are most eager to see on the stands?

Respondents: 22,267

Kate Middleton - 56%

Leonardo DiCaprio ? 31%

Victoria Beckham ? 13%


A newbie player who can blow your mind with his performance?

Respondents: 19,456

Oscar, Brazil ? 49%

Neymar Junior, Brazil-  26%

Jetro Willems, Holland ? 25%

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