The most talked about players on Twitter

UEFA EURO 2016 has got the world talking – and this certainly goes for Twitter, with 45 million tweets shared during the group stage. See the 11 most talked-about players

Dimitri Payet (France)

UEFA EURO 2016 has got the world talking – and this certainly goes for Twitter.

In total, around 45 million tweets were shared about the finals during the group stage, an average of more than a million for each of the 36 matches so far. With the knockout games starting today and running for the next fortnight, those numbers can only increase.

Perhaps appropriately, many people's man of the tournament so far, Dimitri Payet, has led the way in the conversation, trumping even Cristiano Ronaldo especially when he provided the most talked-about moment so far, his stunning late winner in hosts France's opening fixture against Romania. 

UEFA.com counts down the most tweeted-about matches, teams and moments so far, produces an XI of the players that generated the highest interest and gives you the hashtags to join in the round of 16 conversation over the next three days.

Top three games
France v Romania (#FRAROU): 2.3 million
England v Wales (#ENGWAL): 2 million
France v Albania (#FRAALB): 1.7 million

Top three teams
England (#ENG): @England
Turkey (#TUR): @MilliTakimlar
France (#FRA): @equipedefrance

Top three moments
Payet winner against Romania: 22:49CET, 10 June – 89,940 tweets per minute
Payet clincher in France's 2-0 win against Albania: 22:55CET, 15 June – 66,484 tweets per minute
Gareth Bale goal in Wales's 2-1 loss to England: 15:44CET, 16 June – 51,660 tweets per minute

Payet joy at France fighting spirit
Payet joy at winner against Romania

Top three players
Dimitri Payet (France): @DimPayet17
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): @Cristiano
Gareth Bale (Wales): @GarethBale11

Join the #EURO2016 conversation with these match hashtags ...
Switzerland v Poland#SUIPOL
Wales v Northern Ireland#WALNIR
Croatia v Portugal#CROPOR
France v Republic of Ireland#FRAIRL
Germany v Slovakia#GERSVK
Hungary v Belgium#HUNBEL
Italy v Spain#ITAESP
England v Iceland#ENGISL