Twitter has shown that Manchester United legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire are the most abused players. Both the Manchester United players received tons of abusive tweets over their performances. On the basis of data collected by Ofcom shows that approximately 60,000 abusive tweets are there against English footballers.
Ronaldo has got 12,520 abusive messages as per the data displayed by Ofcom. On the other hand, Maguire has 8,954 tweets against him. The 60,000 tweets were dissected from the period of Aug 2021 stretching to Jan 2022.
🚨 Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire are the two most abused Premier League players on Twitter, according to a new report from Ofcom.
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) August 2, 2022
Nearly three quarters of Premier League footballers received abusive messages with some of them receiving daily abuse. The report, carried out by The Alan Turing Institute and Ofcom and using a new machine-learning technology, analysed 2.3 million messages directed at Premier League players over the first five months of the 2021-22 season.
This summer has seen Ronaldo search for a new club to play Champions League football in. His agent Jorge Mendes has spent most of this time trying to sell his client to Champions League teams from all corners of Europe, while simultaneously imploring United to let him leave. But at 37, Ronaldo’s powers have waned to some extent and teams are starting to understand that his signing would be a liability rather than a prized opportunity.
Despite scoring over 20 goals last season, Ronaldo’s arrival meant that United, who had come second in the league the season prior after scoring 122 goals across all competitions, dropped their overall goal total by a staggering 52 goals. Enough to not win a single trophy, crash out of the Champions League (a major reason why Ronaldo was brought back) and eventually not even making the Champions League for this season.