Euro 2012 is history, with Spain taking home its third straight major international tournament.
Europe’s once-every-four-years spectacle was full of memorable moments on the pitch — brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo, the stellar play of Italian wildcard Mario Balotelli and the passion of his Azzurri teammate Gianluigi Buffon, just to scratch the surface.
But who won Euro 2012 in the Twittersphere?
Spain totaled 873,000 mentions during the tournament, England totaled 849,000 and Italy was third at 716,000. Portugal star Ronaldo was tops among players, with nearly 270,000 mentions despite his squad not reaching the final game. Balotelli and Spain’s Fernando Torres — two players who faced off in the final — rounded out the individual top three with 213,000 and 188,000 mentions respectively.
Players and teams aside, it’s no surprise that goals and referees were the most tweet-generating subjects at Euro 2012. But the tournament’s most retweeted post didn’t come from a soccer player or media personality at all — rather it came from NBA star LeBron James, whose congratulatory tweet after Spain’s big win drew more than 9,000 retweets.
Overall, the tournament generated nearly 12 million total tweets — including a new tweets-per-second record for sports in the the final match between Spain and Italy.
Sports website TheScore used data from the social analytics company Sysomos to pull all these stats and more and produce the infographic below. Check it out for the full picture on how Euro 2012 played out on Twitter.