Our goal was to collect the football players who are being followed by the most people on Facebook, due to their massive popularity around the globe.
The best football players are usually those who do the most spectacular tricks, give the most assists and score the most goals. They are usually the greatest stars of their teams and the favourite players of millions of supporters.
• Ronaldo and Messi top the list
• Neymar sits in third place
• Beckham, Kaká, Ronaldinho still very popular
Being a player like this must be hard to bear as they have to tolerate that every step of theirs is being followed by the paparazzi. However, it can also be pleasant seeing messages showing support and love from millions of football enthusiasts from all around the world. We collected those football players who are the most popular on social media sites.
7. Mesut Özil
Arsenal’s playmaker has 28,289,000 followers on Facebook. He started gaining great reputation during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, when he was the key player in Germany’s attractive football style. After the tournament, Real Madrid captured him almost immediately.
Spanish gambling news report that Özil spent 3 years in the Spanish capital and was one of the most important players among José Mourinho’s men. After 3 years of service, he left the Royal Club and joined Arsene Wenger’s side in London, for a transfer fee of ~EUR 50 million. He’s still an important player for both Arsenal and Germany.
6. Ricardo Kaká
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, or more commonly known as Kaká, has become world famous at AC Milan. His reputation was at its top in 2007 when the Italian team conquered Europe and won the Champions League thanks to Kaká’s superb performances. This has granted him the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
He is the last person the win the Golden Ball before the great battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo started. Kaká joined Real Madrid in 2009 for EUR 67 million, but his story in the Spanish capital was more of a failure. He was injured for a long time and he never managed to pick up his form, however his reputation remained the same. Currently 31,395,000 people follow him on Facebook.
5. Ronaldinho Gaúcho
Online betting sites report that Ronaldinho is the 5th most popular football player on the social media with his 31,558,000 Facebook followers. The playmaker became world famous when he won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, and one year later he joined FC Barcelona, where he made history with the Catalan club.
He just returned to his home country to strengthen the squad of Fluminense after his contract expired with his previous club. Even though he has already passed his peak and is 35 years old, Ronaldinho is still extremely popular among football enthusiasts. Of course he is, everyone knows what he is capable of!
4. David Beckham
According to several mobile betting sites, David Beckham has always been one of the most commercialized football players even when his career was just starting. Young girls from all around the world loved him because he was famous, rich and handsome. He was initially dating a Spice Girl (Victoria) before marrying her, and he was a world class football player and the team captain of Manchester United.
Signing for Real Madrid did not cause any loss in his popularity, rather the contrary! Moreover, he moved to the USA to popularize football there with Los Angeles Galaxy. Even though the fact that he retired from football 2013 with his last club being PSG, David Beckham is still one of the most popular (former) football players with his 52,229,000 followers.
3. Neymar Jr.
Barcelona’s attacker is the youngest person on this list, but his fame did not come undeservedly! Neymar was regarded as the most valuable treasure of the football world until 2013 as he was building his career at Santos, where he was raised as a football player. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid were fighting for his signature, but he chose the Catalans eventually.
His reputation has been growing ever since as he plays magnificently in Spain, keeps improving as a player, proving all previous predictions about his career right. He is also the shiniest star in the Brazilian national team and he just won the treble with Barcelona. Neymar’s official Facebook page has more than 53,217,000 likes and he also has more than 19,000,000 followers on Twitter.
2. Lionel Messi
Online gambling sites in Argentina report that Lionel Messi is liked by 79,291,000 people on Facebook, which puts him in second place on the list of the most liked football players. Having been followed by so many football enthusiasts is not a surprise in case of Lionel Messi as he is already believed to be one of the best football players in the history of the sport.
He won the treble twice with his club where he was raised ever since his childhood. He is the most important member in both Argentina’s and Barcelona’s squad as not only he scores incredible amounts of goals, but he also creates many chances for his teammates. Messi is the only player ever to win the Ballon d’Or 4 times, and he is the biggest candidate for the next one as well…
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Messi and Ronaldo are in constant competition for every trophy there is, however when it come sot Facebook likes the Portuguese winger claims this victory. Cristiano Ronaldo has more than 104,476,000 likes on his Facebook page, and more than 38,840,000 followers on his Twitter account. He is the greatest – and probably the only – real competitor of Lionel Messi.
He won the Golden Ball 3 times, the Champions League twice, was top scorer in both Premier League and Liga BBVA, and keeps breaking all possible records… He has been at Real Madrid since 2009, and even under this short time, he grew to be the second best scorer in the club’s outstanding history. He will most probably take over the first place from Raúl in the coming season.