Revealed: Most abused footballers on social media in 2021

A new survey by Pickwise has revealed the shocking extent to which footballers are trolled and abused on social media.

While the survey includes athletes like NBA legend LeBron James and NFL powerhouse Tom Brady, it also includes big footballers like Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.

As per the survey, Rashford has been trolled 32,328 times in 12 months.

LeBron James tops the list, having received abusive messages 122,568 times. Tom Brady, who recently un-retired, is third after facing abuse 28,151 times.

Cristiano Ronaldo is eighth on the list, having received 11,757 hateful comments and messages. His former Real Madrid teammate Mesut Ozil has ranked 11th, with 11,192 abusive messages coming his way.

Paul Pogba also makes the top 20, ranking in the final spot with 7,349 abusive messages directed at him.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool man Stan Collymore has made the 13th spot, having dealt with 9,659 abusive messages.

Below is the top 20 most trolled athletes in the world on Twitter and how many abusive messages they received.

20. Paul Pogba (Football) – 7,349

19. Odell Beckham Jr (American football) – 7,451

18. Lamar Jackson (American football) – 7,856

17. Kyrie Irving (Basketball) – 7,860

16. Michael Thomas (American football) – 8,051

15. James Harden (Basketball) – 9,220

14. Deshaun Watson (American football) – 9,293

13. Stan Collymore (Football) – 9,659

12. Dez Bryant (American football) – 10,163

11. Juju Smith Schuster (American football) – 10,164

10. Mesut Ozil (Football) – 11,192

9. Stephen Curry (Basketball) – 11,203

8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) – 11,757

7. Trevor Bauer (Baseball) – 14,083

6. Damian Lillard (Basketball) – 20,904

5. Bubba Wallace (Nascar) – 21,750

4. Kevin Durant (Basketball) – 24,370

3. Tom Brady (American football) – 28,151

2. Marcus Rashford (Football) – 32,328

1. LeBron James (Basketball) – 122,568

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