LONDON Dec 11 More than 80 percent of 32,000
fans questioned in a worldwide survey said that football was
their most regular topic of conversation while 49 percent said
it was more important to them than even family and partners.
The survey, carried out by Premier League sponsors Barclays
across 185 countries, found that Liverpool striker Fernando
Torres was the league's most popular player according to 38
percent of voters.
Team mate Steven Gerrard was second and Manchester United's
newly-crowned European player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo
David Beckham's goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon
in 1996 was voted the fans' favourite moment since the league
began in 1992.
(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Padraic Halpin)