The survey report was released on Friday, where almost 5o percent of the Indian population supported five-time champions Brazil.     

Argentina and Germany shared the second spot in the list, with 15 percent support from the Indians. Last edition runners-up, the Netherlands, which drubbed defending champions Spain 5-1 in their group match, had seven percent of Indians rooting for them.

"While New Delhi and Mumbai vouch for Germany at the second spot, Kolkata supports Argentina, the team that visited Salt Lake stadium back in 2011," the report said.

Argentina skipper and four-time Ballon D'Or winner Messi bagged the top spot as ‘hottest footballer of the season’, with 38 percent women voting for him, while Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the second spot with 22 percent women voting for him.

Barcelona forward Messi was the favourite among men, with nearly half the respondents supporting him, while Ronaldo found support from 26 percent of the men.

(Agencies)

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