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Marcelo Vieira is a member of Brazil's national team. He has a Twitter account at @12MarceloV and roughly 2.13 million followers. You might have been introduced to him because he was responsible for an own goal on Thursday that gave Croatia a brief one-goal lead over Brazil in the opening match of the World Cup.
Marcello Ferri, meanwhile, is a muscle-bound European model who keeps a Twitter presence at @Marcello and has roughly 58K followers to his name. He has one more "l" in his first name than Vieira and, well, he most certainly did not score an own goal against Croatia.
Nevertheless, some of the world's less astute Twitter users did not appreciate the subtle differences between the two men, leading Marcello Ferri to tweet the following plea:
To all those hurling abuse at me for scoring an own goal, please re-direct your anger to @12MarceloV. Thank you— Marcello (@Marcello) June 12, 2014
Ah, the shrapnel that blind Twitter rage can produce. It just goes to show you that there are few winners when it comes to the world of social media.
Here are a few of the @Marcello mentions that we can actually embed on a family site:
Oi @Marcello you need to cover your man, don't get lazy. Nice own goal you maniac.— ⭕️ (@secret12345) June 12, 2014
The good news is that Marcello Ferri is far from the first victim of mistaken identity when it comes to online hating. Twitters users with names similar to David Moyes, Robin Van Persie and Andre Villas-Boas bonded together over the abuse they've received. Also, a TV reporter named after a poor-performing safety for the Chicago Bears reveled in the extra attention he received last winter.
Even still, Marcello Ferri had a simple request for his new pal Marcelo going forward:
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