The HTC 10 Euro 2016 emoji awards prove Will Grigg is still on fire


Watching social media reaction to Euro 2016 has been almost as entertaining as the tournament itself, as fans flocked to Twitter to pass judgment on those on the pitch.

In this day and age that means emoji, so smartphone maker HTC decided to track the 10 million emojis that have been posted to social media since June 10, when the tournament began.

The HTC 10 emoji awards reveal which players were most associated with the 'heart-shaped eyes', 'lightning bolt' and, yes, even the 'pile of poo' emoji.

Having the chant of the tournament helped propel Northern Ireland's Will Grigg to the on fire award for most mentions with the fire emoji. He edged out Wales superstar Gareth Bale despite the Wigan man not playing a single minute in the championships, proving that a catchy song is sometimes all you need.

The player with the most emoji mentions across the board was (perhaps unsurprisingly) Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal captain was mentioned alongside an emoji more than 900,000 times, enough for him to claim the most popular award and, just like the other nine winners, an engraved HTC 10 as a trophy.

Engraved HTC 10

The award everyone wanted to avoid picking up - the pile of poo emoji award - was predictably dominated by England players. In fact, members of Roy Hodgson's squad locked out the top three for mentions with the unfortunate emoji. But it was goalkeeper Joe Hart who topped the list and takes the award.

The Manchester City stopper also picked up the 'see no evil' award for the biggest 'can't watch moment' - which could've arguably come after his errors against either Wales or Iceland.

Here's the winners list in full.

Sleeping face - Will Grigg

Sleeping face emoji

Having failed to get on the pitch at all in the tournament despite gaining cult status in the build up, Grigg was the 'sleepiest' player at the Euros.

See no evil - Joe Hart

See no evil emoji

Clear errors against Wales and Iceland as well as poor positioning for Russia's equaliser in England's first game handed Hart this one.

Most popular - Cristiano Ronaldo

Cool face emoji

We imagine this award will soon sit alongside his Ballon d'Or prizes in the Ronaldo household.

Most terrifying - Paul Pogba

Terrified face emoji

No doubt meant in a positive sense, the highly coveted Juventus man has been one of the stars of the tournament.

On fire - Will Grigg

On fire emoji

After being the subject of the song of the summer, who else could it really be?

Making me sick - Pepe

Medical mask emoji

The Portugal defender is a master of the dark arts, and it left plenty feeling a bit queasy.

Lightning - Kingsley Coman

Lightning bolt emoji

The young Frenchman is known for his blistering pace, and emoji users were happy to salute it.

Most loved - Antoine Griezmann

Most loved emoji

Whether it's for his goals or celebratory dance moves, the French striker has done plenty to love in powering France into the final.

Tears of joy - Cristiano Ronaldo

tears of joy emoji

Perhaps in honour of his known love of a little cry or the tantrums during the group stages that had many crying with laughter, Ronaldo held off compatriot Renato Sanches and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois to win this one.

Pile of poo - Joe Hart

Pile of poo emoji

We all know why. The less said the better.