11 Dec 2008

Football the top conversation among fans, says survey

6:42 pm on 11 December 2008

More than 80 percent of 32,000 fans questioned in a worldwide survey say football is their most regular topic of conversation while 49 percent say it's more important to them than even family and partners.

The Premier League sponsors Barclays carried out the survey across 185 countries.

It found the Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is the league's most popular player, on 38 percent support, with team mate Steven Gerrard second and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo third.

David Beckham's goal from halfway against Wimbledon in 1996 is the fans' favourite moment since the league began in 1992.