“Search recorded its highest ever traffic in 25 years"
The 2022 World Cup Final between Argentina and France resulted in Google recording its highest-ever traffic in 25 years.
Lionel Messi dazzled as he led his country to a third World Cup.
A day after the exhilarating match, people are still talking about the final.
It has now been revealed that the World Cup Final smashed records in terms of Google search volumes.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the news and said the search engine recorded its highest-ever traffic in 25 years.
He tweeted: “Search recorded its highest ever traffic in 25 years during the final of #FIFAWorldCup, it was like the entire world was searching about one thing!”
Search recorded its highest ever traffic in 25 years during the final of #FIFAWorldCup , it was like the entire world was searching about one thing!
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 19, 2022
The match between Argentina and France was an emotional rollercoaster for fans and it was a showcase for each side’s star man – Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Taking place at Doha’s Lusail Stadium, France started off sluggishly, struggling to gain possession and when they did, they gave the ball away.
Meanwhile, Argentina was playing with intensity, with Angel Di Maria causing a lot of problems for the French.
Di Maria ended up winning a penalty for his side and Messi calmly slotted the ball into the net.
The famous trophy looked to be heading to Argentina after Di Maria finished off a wonderful team goal.
Frustrated with his team’s performance, France manager Didier Deschamps boldly made two first-half substitutions, replacing Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembélé with Marcus Thuram and Randal Kolo Muani.
Although France’s lacklustre performance continued in the second half, the two substitutes seemed to be causing problems for the Argentinian defence.
And just when it looked like Argentina was cruising to victory, France was awarded a penalty in the 80th minute.
Mbappe stepped up and got his side back into the game.
Just a minute later, France equalised and it was PSG’s Mbappe again.
The momentum was with the French but they were unable to cap off a remarkable comeback.
Going into extra time, both sides were beginning to look fatigued but in the 108th minute, Messi scored again.
The ups and downs continued as Mbappe scored his second penalty of the night and became only the second player to score a hattrick in a World Cup Final after Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966.
It went down to penalties, with Mbappe and Messi scoring their respective spot-kicks.
Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez – who is known for his penalty shootout heroics – put on a breathtaking display, saving Kingsley Coman’s penalty.
Gonzalo Montiel converted the winning penalty to hand Argentina’s third World Cup.
The enthralling contest prompted a lot of discussion, with many stating it was the greatest World Cup Final ever.
Sundar Pichai believed it was and congratulated both teams for their performances.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 18, 2022
Argentina’s victory has also led fans to state that it has cemented Messi’s status as the greatest player of all time.
Given the magnitude of the match and the players taking part, it is no surprise that Google traffic on the World Cup Final skyrocketed.