With a plethora of complex phenomena going on in the country and just a few labyrinthine responses to explain them, Google’s most-searched terms list this year in Argentina has come to confirm that 2018 has been, well, intense.
The family favorite Superliga de Argentina, the dramatic 24-hour search for rock singer Pity Álvarez and the tragic death of journalist and politician Débora Pérez Volpin, were high up on list of most-searched terms, along with the uncertain future of our apotheosized National Football Team, which kept us thoroughly disappointed with its performance in the Russia World Cup. Oh yes, and some horrifying WhatsApp trend that spread like wildfire among teenagers in South America.
At least there was some time to relax, with some interest in the Netflix series La Casa de Papel (AKA Money Heist) and the series about Mexican (or is it Puerto Rican?!) singer Luis Miguel. So here are the top ten things that people in Argentina googled in 2018, according to Google.
And just remember, you did this to yourselves.
1) World Cup 2018
A somewhat bitter blow to the Argentine football fans, the Russia World Cup didn’t quite work out for Argentina. Having shown so much promise in the 2014 World Cup when Argentina narrowly lost to Germany in the final, the 2018 World Cup saw Argentina suffer a 3-0 loss to runners up, Croatia, a 4-3 loss to World Cup winners France, a 1-1 draw to Iceland, and a narrow 2-1 victory over Nigeria.
Being knocked out at the group stages in the tournament and the performance of the side led superstar Lionel Messi, who announced his premature retirement from the international football scene, didn’t help. (Messi said before the World Cup even started that it was likely that if they didn’t win the cup in Russia, he would retire.)
2) US Dollar ($)
With the value of the Argentine peso plummeting constantly since the beginning of the year, it’s no surprise that the US dollar exchange rate is the second most-Googled topic this year. Never a fun search, that’s for sure.
3) Débora Pérez Volpin
The tragic death of journalist and TV presenter Débora Pérez Volpin occurred on February 6, 2018 and left a mark on the Argentine public. On Monday, February 5th, she went to the La Trinidad hospital in Palermo because she had been complaining of abdominal pain and wanted to have the doctors check her out. An upper endoscopy was ordered to make sure she was OK. After being put under anesthesia, Débora suffered from cardiac arrest and passed away.
Her husband and family sued the doctors responsible for performing the study after evidence of malpractice surfaced. On June 19th, endoscopist Diego Bialolenkier and anesthetist Nélida Inés Puente were indicted.
4) Stan Lee
The death of comic book and Marvel legend Stan Lee hit not only Argentina but the whole world hard. The legendary writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, passed away on November 12th this year at the age of 95.
Lee, who began in the comic book business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
5) Juan Martín del Potro
Juan Martín del Potro, Argentina’s prodigal son in the tennis world (sorry, David Nalbandian) competed in his first Grand Slam final in nine years after defeating US giant John Isner in the quarter finals and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who was forced to quit due to an injury, in the US Open semi-final. Third seed “Delpo,” 29, was leading 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 when Nadal bowed out because of a knee problem.
Not only did he have the support of Argentina during his race to the final but also the US fans were behind him, too. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be, as he lost to Serbian heavyweight Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in a match that was played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and lasted three hours and 15 minutes.
I mean, I don’t really want to explain or think this should be explained but here we are. Momo was a weird and disturbing trend among teens, in which you were compelled to send the word ‘momo’ to a WhatsApp number and in return you would receive disturbingly violent and aggressive images.
This is one to stay away from ,folks.
#UIDI #FGETabasco #Cibernetica #Tabasco #Villahermosa #PolicíaCibernéticaTabasco #SegurosAlNavegar #PrevencionDelitosCibernéticos #MOMO Advertencia por nuevo reto en niños y jóvenes, evita hablar con desconocidos, buscan obtener información que puede ser utilizada en tu contra. pic.twitter.com/FywFhZFyyH
— UIDI FGE Tabasco (@UIDIFGETabasco) July 12, 2018
7) Pity Álvarez
Another sour search for the year. Cristian ‘Pity’ Alvarez, former leader of rock band Intoxicados and Viejas Locas, was wanted by the police in Buenos Aires for the apparent shooting and murder of a friend of his in Villa Lugano. The news filled thousands and thousands of pages in the media about him as his search continued.
Álvarez, according to a witness, fired at least two shots in the head with a pistol caliber 7.65 to the victim. The victim, identified as Cristian Diaz, aged 36, lived in the Greater Buenos Aires area, but was visiting relatives in the area of Villa Lugano.
After being a fugitive for 24 hours, on July 13th Alvarez decided to surrender, accompanied by his lawyer, and turned himself in at the 52nd police station in Villa Lugano, minutes before 7:00 AM. Before entering the building, he spoke to the media, pointing out that he had murdered the man, but “because he didn’t mean to kill him,” he thought he was innocent.
As is every year, the Superliga is one of the most searched items on Google in Argentina, having seen some of the most eventful matches of the past few years take place. If it weren’t for the Superliga, I think that Argentina could look very different right now, considering their performance in the World Cup. We saw Boca Juniors win the league at the end of the 2017/18 season just within a fingers reach from Godoy Cruz, with a two-point difference and now this 2018/19 season, we’re seeing Racing lead the league with last year’s winners sat in 6th place.
9) La Casa de Papel
Netflix’s La Casa de Papel, titled Money Heist in English, is a Spanish television series created by Álex Pina. It revolves about a long-prepared, multiple-day robbery on the Royal Mint of Spain. The series was initially intended as a limited series and premiered on May 2, 2017 on Spanish network Antena 3.
Antena 3 distributed the first two parts of the series in Spain before the series was acquired by Netflix in late 2017, which edited and re-released the two parts worldwide, and will release a new, third season in 2019.
10) Luis Miguel
Luis Miguel, the Puerto-Rican born, Mexican singer is an icon in Latin America, often referred to as El Sol de México. He is widely regarded by many as the most successful artist in Latin American history. The songbird has had an American biographical television series produced about him, by Gato Grande Productions for Netflix and Telemundo. It is an authorized version on the life of the Mexican singer Luis Miguel and stars Diego Boneta as the lead character.
Luis Miguel is recognized as the only Latin singer of his generation to not crossover to the anglo market during the “Latin Explosion” in the 1990s. Despite singing only in Spanish, he continued to be the best selling Latin artist in the 1990s, and was credited for popularizing the bolero genre into the mainstream market. To date, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide. The Netflix series goes through his life showing the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance, as well as the trials and tribulations of his personal life and career.