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Cristiano Ronaldo is cyberspace's most 'dangerous' footballer

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been revealed as the most "dangerous" footballer online in cyberspace.

A web search for Cristiano Ronaldo could lead to malware, warns McAfee
A web search for Cristiano Ronaldo could lead to malware, warns McAfee

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According to research by McAfee, fans on the internet searching out for "Cristiano Ronaldo", "Cristiano Ronaldo download", "Cristiano Ronaldo and photos" or "Cristiano Ronaldo and videos" might run the risks of online threats that could steal their personal information.

A click on these vulnerable sites to download such as photos, videos or screensavers have every chance to expose surfers to computer viruses and malware.

Ronaldo gained highest percentage of overall risk of 6.2% followed by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović with 5%, and England captain Steven Gerrard with 4.5%.

Italian players dominate the rest of the "dangerous 11", with Gianluigi Buffon (3.8%), Giorgio Chiellini (3.7%), Mario Balotelli (3.4%), Andrea Pirlo (3.3%), Antonio Di Natale (3.3%), Antonio Cassano (3.1%) and Daniele De Rossi (1.8%) all featuring. Andriy Shevchenko (2.8%) completes the line-up.

Among national teams, France and Portugal are neck and neck with a risk rating of 7.1% each. Germany is next on 5.4%, ahead of England (5.3%), the Netherlands (5.3%), Italy (5.2%) and Spain (4.1%).

The study also revealed that national flags to adorn your windows are the safest items to search for online, but searching for shirts can also be hazardous.

And even the WAGs of the dangerous players give cause for concern with the partners of Ronaldo (7%) and Shevchenko (5%) coming first and second respectively in the danger stakes.

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