Nearly half the world’s inhabitants saw the World Cup in Russia on tv based on research performed for Fifa.

A list 3.57 billion people tuned in throughout the tournament, said Publicis Media Sport and Entertainment.

More than one billion saw the last live, while 327.5 million people watched England’s semi-final defeat by Croatia.

Viewers also participated with the policy for much more than in past tournaments.

The report additionally revealed an unprecedented number of audiences watched the action on digital platforms.

Philippe le Floc’h, chief commercial officer of football’s world governing body Fifa, said the statistics showed that”buffs everywhere are insatiable for worldclass football”.

He added:”These figures really do support the claim that Russia 2018 was the best World Cup ever.”

France won the World Cup, which comprised 64 matches from 14 June to 15 July.

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