BTS‘s Jungkook was among the top five most talked about celebrities on social media during the FIFA World Cup 2022, according to the data of Netbase Quid.
The BTS maknae was featured on “Dreamers,” the official soundtrack of the FIFA World Cup this year, with Qatari artist Fahad Al Kubaisi. He became the first Asian artist to perform at the opening ceremony of the tournament.
He is the only non-athlete in the top five of Netbase Quid’s list, preceded by Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, and Mbappe. Neymar is the fifth on the list, following Jungkook! Fahad Al Kubaisi is the next most mentioned name at #6.
“Dreamers” built up a lot of anticipation as the song and the official music video were released separately. The eagerness to see Jungkook perform live in Qatar also kept fans on edge. It was his first official solo performance, and yet, not only ARMYs but even non-fans had nothing except praises to sing for him.
korean men screaming fjfkfhdjfj pic.twitter.com/QVVbQXquhQ
— j (@tteokjm) November 20, 2022
football fans fell in love with jungkook today😭😭
"his voice is angelic"
"this jungkook guy ate"
"well done jungkook"
"he's perfect" pic.twitter.com/s4p6XkqL5k
— taekook daily (@minikookv) November 20, 2022
Jungkook also met the Korean national team during his stay in Qatar and received a customized jersey as a gift from them.
Thanks to that meeting, player no. 9 Cho Gue Sung caught the eye of ARMYs. A short clip of Cho sitting on the bench went viral when a BTS fan account retweeted the video, which contributed significantly to him becoming the internet’s boyfriend overnight!
big fan of football pic.twitter.com/NwW0R6QIUH
— army film club (@0613frames) November 24, 2022
Jungkook also inspired several hilarious memes during the World Cup, with “Jungkook won the World Cup” becoming the most frequented running joke among Twitter fans.
the world cup is officially over. congratulations jeon jungkook for winning the world cup! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/OKSCmX7yoI
— lia⁷ (@storyofpjm) December 18, 2022
Congrats Messi but it's Jungkook who actually won the worldcup <3
I HOPE YALL ENJOYED READING IT LET ME KNOW! pic.twitter.com/whcOji83QQ
— Esha⁷🎀 (@Taekooks_Doll) December 19, 2022
Thanks to the golden maknae, ARMYs and non-ARMYs both got to enjoy some incredibly fun moments on social media during the World Cup.