Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was the man responsible for producing the most tweeted about sporting moment of 2015.
Messi’s moment of individual brilliance in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich in May - where he left Jerome Boateng on his backside before delicately lifting the ball over Manuel Neuer - sent Twitter into meltdown, it has been confirmed.
According to the Daily Mail, Messi’s outstanding goal generated a record 25,300 tweets-per-minute - 7,700 more than the number of tweets-per-minute garnered on the final whistle of Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford (second on the list of top 10 moments).
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Nine of the top 10 sporting moments on Twitter were football-related. The other, at number four on the list, happened just last month when Tyson Fury recorded a shock victory over Wladimir Klitschko to become the world heavyweight champion.
Scroll down this page to see the top 10 - per the Independent - and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of the page.
Top 10 most tweeted about sporting moments of 2015
10. PSG knock Chelsea out the Champions League | March 2015
PSG dump Chelsea out of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, despite playing an hour of normal time and 30 minutes of extra time with a man disadvantage following an early red card to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
9. Luis Suarez’s second goal against Man City | February 2015
Luis Suarez returns to England with Barcelona and effectively puts the Champions League Round of 16 tie out of Manchester City’s reach by scoring two goals inside the opening half-hour.
8. Danny Welbeck scores v Man Utd | March 2015
Danny Welbeck helps Arsenal progress to the FA Cup semi-finals with a goal against his former employers Manchester United at Old Trafford.
7. Alexis Sanchez’s goal in the FA Cup final | May 2015
Alexis Sanchez nets a long-range screamer to help Arsenal lift the FA Cup trophy for the second year running.
6. Jamie Vardy breaks record v Man Utd | November 2015
Jamie Vardy breaks Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for consecutive goals scored in Premier League matches - against, of all the clubs, Manchester United.
5. Wayne Rooney’s equaliser v Arsenal | March 2015
Manchester United fans were clearly excited as Wayne Rooney cancels out Nacho Monreal’s opening goal in this FA Cup quarter-final.
4. Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko | November 2015
Tyson Fury becomes world heavyweight champion with a brilliant performance against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.
3. Steven Gerrard sent off v Man Utd | March 2015
Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard comes on as a second-half substitute against rivals Manchester United - his final appearance against the Red Devils - but is sent off just 45 seconds later for a reckless tackle on Ander Herrera.
2. Arsenal beat Man Utd at Old Trafford | March 2015
Arsenal fans rubbed salt into Manchester United supporters’ wounds after they advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win.
1. Lionel Messi goal v Bayern Munich | May 2015
Sheer class from the Argentina international. One of the best goals of the year.
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