(CNN) -- Clint Dempsey may have scored the go-ahead goal for the United States in what would ultimately be a gut-wrenching tie with Portugal in Sunday's World Cup game. But on social media, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was three times as popular as the American striker.
Ronaldo, considered the best soccer player in the world by some, was mentioned on Twitter 1.5 million times during the United States-Portugal match, compared to 465,000 mentions for Dempsey.
Of course, the word "popular" is probably relative to most Americans, after Ronaldo lobbed a perfect crossing pass to help create the last-minute goal that prevented the U.S. from advancing to the Cup's next round, at least for now.
"I feel like someone (@Cristiano) just punched me and my babies in the gut!" New York Jets placekicker Nick Folk wrote.
"What a match. 30 seconds away from advancing! Still, we control our own destiny... #IBelieve," tweeted pop star Justin Timberlake.
Sunday's match was a high point in a World Cup that's already shattering social-media records.
Facebook says 10 million people had 20 million interactions during the U.S.-Portugal match. According to Twitter Data, there were 8 million tweets about the match while it was happening.
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I hope football continues to get more and more popular here in the States. And I don't think I can take the Mexico v Netherlands match tbh.