Month-long study of tweets: Ronaldo is England's most hated player

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Month-long study of tweets: Ronaldo is England's most hated player

A study examined a total of 2.3 million tweets about the English Premier League over a period of months. Of these, 60,000 are insults and one fifth alone gets superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. An England international follows at a great distance. But there are more positive tweets.

Portugal's soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the most abused player in the English Premier League, according to a study. In the first half of last season, a total of 2.3 million tweets were examined over five months, including around 60,000 insults. A fifth of them (12,520) had the former European champion as their goal. It was almost 4000 on August 27, 2021 when it was announced that Ronaldo was returning to Manchester United.

After Cristiano Ronaldo, England international Harry Maguire was hardest hit. The Man United captain received a particularly violent reaction when the centre-back apologized on Twitter after the 2-0 defeat by city rivals and eventual champions Manchester City. The result was 2903 tweets with insults.

In general, the English record champions from Manchester were the most under verbal "attack". Half of all insults were focused on 12 players, eight of whom play for United, including the top four in the rankings. However, the study also found that 57 percent of the reactions via Twitter were positive, 27 percent neutral, and 12.5 percent critical. The rest was offensive.

Ronaldo also gets a lot of criticism from the press - at least according to his own feelings. The superstar who was willing to change had recently scolded the British media on Instagram. The 37-year-old Portuguese, who has been rumored for weeks to be leaving his club Manchester United after just a year, vented his anger in a comment on a Ronaldo fan page on Instagram. However, the comment was later lost.

"It's impossible that a day goes by without people talking about me," wrote CR7. "Otherwise the press doesn't make any money. They know that they can only get people's attention with lies. Keep up the good work and maybe one day you'll be able to get the message right." Ironically, Ronaldo left the comment below a post saying Man United are not letting their superstar go.

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