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FIFA has revealed that almost half of the world's population tuned in for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
According to a report from Publicis Media Sport & Entertainment, an estimated 3.57 billion people watched the tournament at some point.
When it came to the final between France and Croatia, over one billion people watched the match.
England's semi-final encounter with Croatia was the second most-watched match of the competition, while France vs Belgium in the semi-final came third and Spain vs Russia in the round of 16 came fourth.
Philippe le Floc'h, the chief commercial officer for FIFA, believes that "fans everywhere are insatiable for world-class football."
"These figures really do support the claim that Russia 2018 was the best World Cup ever," he explained.
3.572 billion people watched the 2018 #WorldCup :astonished:
Final alone seen by 1.12 billion :trophy:
New viewing records set :raised_hands:
Find out how Russia 2018 was followed around the world :tv::earth_americas:
- FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 21 December 2018
:soccer: @FIFAcom have announced...
:tv: ...that a total of 3.572 Billion people, aged 4 and over, watched the 2018 @FIFAWorldCup.
:flushed: That's just under half of the world's population! pic.twitter.com/Mtj1NgIEzW
- SPORF (@Sporf) 21 December 2018
OFFICIAL: Fifa confirm that a record 3.572 billion people watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
That's more than half of the global population aged four and over. :flushed: pic.twitter.com/zsJsi2IVv2
- Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 21 December 2018
FIFA says half the world - 3.5 billion people - watched the World Cup this year. Other half were watching Love Island
- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) 21 December 2018
.@roadto2022 just unveiled the design for Lusail Stadium, the biggest venue proposed to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. "Qatar's stadiums are among the most eye-catching ever seen and the venue planned for the final is absolutely gorgeous", said FIFA SG @fatma_samoura :clap::stadium:️:heart_eyes: pic.twitter.com/vWtM9tKxtN
- FIFA Media (@fifamedia) 15 December 2018
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