Cristiano Ronaldo becomes unverified as Elon Musk begins purge, but Twitter boss PAYS for GOAT rival to keep blue tick | The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO has lost his blue tick after controversial Twitter owner Elon Musk's outrageous purge, which has seen him "personally" pay for some celebrity's verification badge.

The social media platform erased all checkmarks from verified accounts on Thursday, which led to worldwide fear of misinformation being spread and impersonation.

Users who have refused to sign up to Musk's unpopular subscription service, which charges $8 per month, have been stripped of their blue tick amid the businessman's chaotic takeover.

Football superstar Ronaldo didn't avoid the cull as he was stripped of his verification badge despite his 108.3million followers.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is the highest earner in the history of sport as he bags a staggering £173million per year at Al-Nassr.

But that didn't help his case as the Manchester United legend has become unverified alongside a number of other celebrities as well as journalists, academics and politicians.

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However, some celebs managed to hold on to their ticks as Musk decided to pay for their subscriptions himself.

Among them is NBA legend and LA Lakers superstar LeBron James, whose profile remained intact.

The American entrepreneur took to Twitter to back a post from T(w)itter Daily News claiming that some famous people have been offered a "complimentary Twitter Blue subscription".

The 51-year-old appeared to confirm that he has indeed covered those expenses.

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Musk tweeted: "I'm paying for a few personally."

However, the world's richest person has a history of tongue-in-cheek tweets ever since purchasing the platform for $44billion (£35.5bn) in October.

Such as when he created a poll in December asking users to vote whether he should step down as head of Twitter.

Musk lost the vote by 57.5 per cent but still remains in charge even though he promised to abide by the result.

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