A list of the most abused footballers on Twitter has just been published recently with the major focus only centered on English Premier League players.
According to a new study by UK communications regulator Ofcom, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the most abused player on Twitter. This means haters have tweeted about the Portuguese superstar more than any other Premier League footballer.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a significant presence in social media, with a huge fan base following his accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. However, this has come with the price of receiving millions of abusive messages on these platforms.
However, after analyzing over two million tweets within the first five months of the 2021/22 season, Ofcom has found half of the abusive content is directed at only 12 players.
“These findings shed light on a dark side to the beautiful game,” Ofcom director for broadcasting and online content Kevin Bakhurst said.
“Online abuse has no place in sport, nor in wider society, and tackling it requires a team effort.”
10 Most Abused Footballers On Twitter [English Premier League]
Out of the 12 footballers on Ofcom’s list, eight were playing for Manchester United last season.
The researchers have defined an abusive tweet as a message that “threatens, insults, derogates, dehumanizes, mocks or belittles a player” and also includes “slurs, negative stereotypes, excessive use of profanities and angry emoji”.
Below is the top 10 list of the most abused footballers on Twitter, according to Ofcom;
1. Cristiano Ronaldo [Man United] 12,520 abusive tweets
2. Harry Maguire [Man United] 8,954 abusive tweets
3. Marcus Rashford [Man United] 2,557 abusive tweets
4. Bruno Fernandes [Man United] 2,464 abusive tweets
5. Harry Kane [Tottenham Hotspur] 2,127 abusive tweets
6. Fred [Man United] 1,924 abusive tweets
7. Jesse Lingard [Man United] 1,605 abusive tweets
8. Jack Grealish [Man City] 1,538 abusive tweets
9. Paul Pogba [Man United] 1,446 abusive tweets
10. David de Gea [Man United] 1,394 abusive tweets
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, could even be a subject of more online abuse as the new season is about to kick start after trying to force a transfer out of Manchester United this summer. Though the situation is unclear, there is still a possibility he could end up leaving Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window.