Top 10 Footballers with the highest Twitter followers

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Manchester United won Footballer of the year 2008
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Manchester United won Footballer of the year 2008 - IMAGO / ZUMA Press

In modern times, social media has totally engulfed society’s day-to-day functioning. Evidently, football has been no exception, with prominent clubs and players, consistently striving to bolster their influence. Amidst the online trend, Twitter has emerged as one of the leading social media platforms. Taking the increased activity of footballers on the said rostrum into consideration, let’s take a look at 10 players with the most Twitter followers at the moment.

10. Luis Suarez – 16.8M 

The Uruguayan legend is equally active off the field as he is on it. Due to his quirky remarks and intriguing social media presence, Luis Suarez has amassed a fanbase of 16.8 million followers on Twitter. The former Barcelona veteran is now in his second season with Atletico Madrid.

9. Wayne Rooney – 17.1M

Despite having retired from football this year, Wayne Rooney is still relevant due to his managerial exploits. The current head coach of a dwindling Derby County side, Rooney, boasts a following of 17.1 million on Twitter. Widely popular for his time at Manchester United, the Englishman is a bonafide footballing legend.

8. Gareth Bale – 18.7M

Gareth Bale has recently entered his ninth season with Real Madrid, having spent the last campaign out on loan at former club Tottenham. While the Welshman is now a shadow of his former self, he still has a dedicated fanbase on social media with 18.7 million followers on Twitter. His fans regularly enjoy football as well as golf content on his page.

7. Sergio Ramos – 18.8M

Having secured a lucrative move to PSG this summer, Sergio Ramos is yet to make his debut for the Parisians. Regarded as one of the best centre-backs of all time, the former Real Madrid legend has his fair share of admirers as well as haters. Expected to make a recovery this month, his 18.8 million fans on Twitter will be waiting eagerly for their superstar’s return.

6. Gerard Pique – 20.1M

Comprehensively beating his Spanish teammate Ramos, Gerard Pique secures the sixth position in this list with 20.1 million followers on Twitter. An absolute beast on the field, the enigmatic defender, is also popular for his outspoken nature. Pique has acquired a devoted following due to his tendency to voice his opinions on controversial topics, also making some sassy comments along the way.

5. Ronaldinho – 20.2M

Edging past Pique on the list, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho is still reaping the rewards due to his magisterial career. Having retired in 2018, Ronaldinho’s official Twitter page currently boasts a following of 20.2 million fans. During his playing days, the gifted playmaker attained widespread acclaim due to his unparalleled dribbling skills. Ronaldinho is undoubtedly one of the best players ever to have played the sport.

4. Andres Iniesta – 25.2M

At the ripe old age of 37, Andres Iniesta is still dazzling audiences with his creative play and exceptional close ball control with Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league. The Barcelona legend departed his home of 22 years in 2018, having solidified his legacy at Camp Nou. A certified big-game player, Iniesta has a massive social media presence with 25.2 million followers on Twitter alone.

3. Mesut Ozil – 26M

Another superstar with a dedicated set of fans, Mesut Ozil, has been sensational in his 15-year-long professional career. While he has experienced a massive dip in form, following a fallout with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, the German playmaker had the full support of his fans, including the 26 million followers on Twitter, during the whole ordeal. Now contracted to Fenerbahce, Ozil is steadily recouping his lost reputation.

2. Neymar – 54.9M

In the absence of Lionel Messi, Neymar surges ahead of everyone else to occupy second place on this list. The flamboyant forward possesses the raw Brazilian flair, exuding his incredible skills on a weekly basis at PSG. On top of that, his lavish lifestyle adds to his social media presence, with 54.9 million fans currently tracking his whereabouts on Twitter.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 95M

Who else but Cristiano Ronaldo to top a list regarding social media. The Portuguese superstar is the most followed footballer on all platforms, triumphing on all fronts by a mile. In addition to his 95 million followers on Twitter, Ronaldo is also the most followed personality on Instagram, period. With a bulk of his earning coming from online endorsements, the Manchester United star is an absolute modern icon.