Ronaldo’s Free-Kick Most Tweeted World Cup Moment (so far…)

The FIFA World Cup burst into life on Friday evening as the enthralling 3-3 draw between Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain delivered the most tweeted moment of the tournament so far.

The encounter captivated football fans across the globe with 1.6m sharing their reactions to the pulsating match on Twitter. Kantar Social TV Ratings tracked posts from all over the world, in real time during the match, with the quality strikes from both sides providing the peak moments of Twitter traffic.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early penalty saw just over 50,000 tweets, with Diego Costa’s reply registering around 40,000 followed by David De Gea’s error which unleashed 86,000 twitter posts just before half time. Spain’s quickfire turnaround early in the second half peaked at 67,000 tweets on the 58th minute. However, Ronaldo’s free-kick sent Twitter into a frenzy with 144,000 tweets in the two-minutes after his wonderful strike.

According to Kantar’s Social TV Ratings Data the goal is the most tweeted moment of the FIFA World Cup so far, with the top 5 as follows:


Number of Tweets*

Cristiano Ronaldo's Free-Kick vs. Spain 


 Full-Time in Germany vs. Mexico


 Philippe Coutinho scores for Brazil vs. Switzerland


 Hirving Lozano scores for Mexico vs. Germany


 Messi misses penalty vs. Iceland


Ronaldo stunned football fans around the world, none more so than in Brazil where more than 140,000 people tweeted about the game, followed by fans in the US, UK, Spain and Argentina.

Keep up-to-date with our World Cup Twitter Tracker throughout the tournament and click here to learn more about Kantar Twitter TV Ratings and how we bring social media data to life. 


*During peak minute of twitter activity

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