Given the influence of social media and its advancements, there may well come a time when the Ballon d’Or is simply awarded to the player with the most Twitter followers. When you consider that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has a staggering 30 million followers and counting, for example, it is clear that talent and prominence translate into a strong social media presence. The question that remains is how Premier League players fare in this equation, especially with game dominated by a number of global stars.
The EPL Players with the Most Twitter Followers
In total, there are three EPL players in the world top ten when it comes to Twitter followers. And they’re pretty good on the pitch too…
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Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero is tenth on the global Twitter list with an impressive 7.3 million followers, and his popularity has risen since his move to the Etihad. A players who has earned a cult following among fans in both La Liga and the Premier League, his stellar performances for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City (as well as his nation) have helped to build a strong social media presence. Arguably, only a disappointing World Cup prevented the forward from adding more followers, although there is plenty of time for him to win a new army of fans.
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Despite ongoing criticism of his form in an Arsenal shirt Mesut Ozil has enjoyed an outstanding 12 months. After winning the FA Cup in May, he then played a pivotal role as Germany won the World Cup in Brazil. This success has helped Ozil to win an impressive 9.9 million followers, making him the second most popular player in the Premier League when it comes to social media followers. He is sure to hit the ten million mark soon, placing him in elite company within the social media stratosphere.
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As well being a five time Premier League winner and closing in on the all-time England goal scoring record, Wayne Rooney has the distinction of being the most popular EPL player on Twitter. He recently hit the ten million mark in terms of followers, affording him fifth place on the global list (ahead of Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Andreas Iniesta).
He will be sure to add more once he overtakes Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal scoring record, although whether he can close the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo remains to be seen.