A web search for Cristiano Ronaldo will put users at greater risk for attack than any other footballer, according to researchers.
The Real Madrid star and Portuguese national team captain was named by McAfee as the most dangerous footballer online, ahead of AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and England captain Steven Gerrard.
Researchers found that on average 6.2 per cent of sites returned in a search for "Cristiano Ronaldo" will lead users to attack sites which attempt to infect PCs, with searches for photos, videos and 'WAG' information also posing a risk.
Administrators have reason to be especially vigilant as Ronaldo has been dominating headlines this week due following his team's high-profile semi-finals loss to Spain at the Euro 2012 tournament.
Second in the rankings was Ibrahimovic, who turned up a five per cent likelihood of attack sites, while 4.5 per cent of results for Gerrard lead to potential malware infections. Other risky stars included Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli.
Among national teams, France returned the highest percentage of attack sites, followed by Portugal, Germany England and the Netherlands.
The company noted that merchandise searches were particularly dangerous, as were links for screensaver files.
Athletes and celebrities have long been popular lures for malware writers. Euro 2012 has been particularly perilous subject of late as attack sites often prefer to target trending terms and subjects.
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