Voronezh residents take most interest in footballers Dmitry Tarasov and Andrei Arshavin, and among foreign athletes - Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This data was provided by analysts of Yandex who conducted a research and named the most popular football players prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Specialists of the company put together a ranking based on search requests of Voronezh residents on the Internet. It includes only the athletes who have played in the 2017-2018 season.

Since July of 2017, residents of the region have most often searched for information about Dmitry Tarasov, Andrei Arshavin and Igor Akinfeev. The results of the all-Russian research differ: the third place in it is taken by Fyodor Smolov. In addition, only the Voronezh list includes Denis Cheryshev and Maksim Maksimov. Yandex specialists assume that the athlete is popular among local residents because he was born in Voronezh.

As for world football stars, Voronezh residents took most interest in Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Naymar. The all-Russian result is the same.