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Top 10 World Cup Twitter Trends

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Published: June 14, 2010

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Who’s winning in the World Cup? There are plenty of scores and stats for that. Which teams and players are winning the hearts and minds of the Twitterverse? That’s another matter entirely.

With 32 national teams, 736 players, and 32 coaches, there are so many mentions to track. Every single national team appeared in Twitter’s Trending Topics this week, as well as the names of 99 individual players.

If that’s not enough Twitter-footy excitement for you, consider that certain goals have triggered surges of nearly 3,000 tweets per second, which is enormous when compared to the average of 750.

Below is the breakdown of the most-tweeted teams and players this week, graciously compiled by Liz Pullen of What The Trend.

Remember, these rankings are not about team and player abilities, but reflect an aggregation of hotly discussed topics related to them.


Most-Tweeted World Cup Teams


Rank
National Team
Points
1
Mexico
1771
2
Argentina
1407
3
Portugal
1140
4
Netherlands
1107
5
Spain
1089
6
Ivory Coast
939
7
Uruguay
906
8
Germany
828
9
South Korea
819
10
Paraguay
636

Most-Tweeted World Cup Players


Rank
Player
Team
Points
1
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
1140
2
Lionel Messi
Argentina
768
3
Gonzalo Higuain
Argentina
528
4
Lukas Podolski
Germany
303
5
Xabi Alonso
Spain
291
6
Vincent Enyeama
Nigeria
285
7
Diego Forlan
Uruguay
270
8
Thierry Henry
France
259
9
Javier Hernandez
Mexico
247
10
Didier Drogba
Ivory Coast
219

Need more social media World Cup coverage? Of course you do! Head on over to Mashable’s World Cup headquarters, where you’ll find real-time data on match scores, social mentions, and links to all our previous news and features.