LAGOS, Nigeria, July 12, 2016

Following the success of the just concluded UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament in France which saw Portugal win their first ever major title, Facebook has stated that the tournament was one of the most talked about sporting events ever, with 195 million people having 950 million interactions (10th June to 10th July).

Aside catching up with old friends and family members, Facebook is also where people talk about football – especially in real-time – so following Portugal’s extra-time win, Facebook looked at how people buzzed about the match. The Final of the UEFA European Championship had 45 million people having 146 million interactions.

Top five moments in the match (globally)

  1. Ronaldo lifts the trophy
  2. Éder’s goal
  3. Final whistle
  4. Ronaldo goes off injured
  5. Kick off


Top five most discussed players in the final (globally)

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 53%
  2. Pepe 10%
  3. Nani 7%
  4. Dimitri Payet 6%
  5. Ricardo Quaresma 5%


Top five most discussed players in France were:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 51%
  2. Dimitri Payet 12%
  3. Moussa Sissoko 8%
  4. Olivier Giroud 4%
  5. Pepe 4%


Top five most discussed players in Portugal were:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 44%
  2. Ricardo Quaresma 10%
  3. Pepe 6%
  4. Éder 5%
  5. Dimitri Payet 5%


for Red Media Africa


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