Ever imagined why the clubs and restaurants get jam-packed whenever Barcelona takes on Real Madrid! Or wondered why people start fighting with each other while defending their favorite football player! It is nothing but the charm of the game called football and the charisma the players carry with them that mesmerize their fans. The roar from the stands, the Mexican wave, the emotions of winning and losing, nail-biting moments, goals or saves, fans connect to every second of football and eventually, that’s the way they live the game. Favorite player’s jersey, signed football, posters, and video gaming with the beloved team makes football one of the most popular games in the world. For the fans, every club has a legacy and every player is a legend; a single word against them may bring conflict even between best friends!
From countries to clubs, favorite players to amazing coaches, fans connect globally to be a part of their much-loved sport. In recent times, social media has emerged as an appealing platform for the football fans. Social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among others have glued millions of football fanatics globally to support and cheer their favorite teams or players. These channels have become a storytelling platform for the football clubs. Here, DSport has picked up the top 5 socially followed football clubs and their 2018 world cup heroes. Whom you are following!
Facebook: 102 Million, Twitter: 22.8 Million, Instagram: 58.3 Million
FC Barcelona has grown spectacularly in every area and has progressed into something much greater than a mere sports club, turning Barça’s ‘more than a club’ slogan into a reality. The Spanish club has been on the top of the charts since inception.
2018 FIFA World cup heroes from Barcelona:
Barca stars proved their mettle in the world cup. Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé helped France to lift the 2018 world cup. Who will forget Umtiti’s header in the 52nd-minute corner to give France a 1-0 win against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals. It was memorable, and so was Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s midfielder’s decisive penalty in the quarter-final against Russia.
No one can fill the void left by Xavi and Iniesta but player like Arturo Vidal can make a fundamental part of what is now coined as Barca DNA. And for 18 million euros the 31-year-old Chilean is a quality and complete midfielder who can be a great companion playing alongside Ivan Rakitic, Arthur, Busquets and co.
Facebook: 109 Million, Twitter: 30.7 Million, Instagram: 61.5 Million
Real Madrid is one of the top clubs in popularity and the biggest rivals of FC Barcelona. Even though it is the world’s highest earning football club, it falls a few numbers short to have the second highest social media fan base. The former Madrid star player Cristiano Ronaldo is not just the most-followed footballer but most-followed athlete on Instagram as well. Ronaldo has spent nine glittering seasons with Madrid and lifted his fourth Champions League trophy in five years just a few weeks ago, but he has a complicated relationship with club president Florentino Perez. He joined Juventus F.C. on a four-year contract, bringing to an end his nine-year stay at Real Madrid.
Madrid faced one more shocker when Club’s star manager Zinedine Zidane stepped down in May just before the World Cup. The news came as a shock, however Zidane, in an interview, said “The time is right. It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly. I thought about it carefully and it’s the right decision, even though I imagine many may not agree. After three years Real Madrid needs a change, another way of working, another idea, if we are to continue winning. I feel it’s going to be difficult to continue winning. And because I’m a winner, I’m going.”
2018 FIFA World cup heroes from Real Madrid:
Madrid stars not only have made history for their club but they also took the 2018 World Cup by storm. The underdogs put up a blockbuster show. The Croatia captain Luka Modric (Madrid midfielder) who lost the finale but won hearts of millions being awarded the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player. Raphael Varane (Madrid defender) has already lived a career that most players can only dream about; he won the 2018 World Cup at just 25 years of age, after France defeating Croatia in the Final.
Facebook: 73.5 Million, Twitter: 18.2 Million, Instagram: 22.7 Million
Manchester United or the Red Devils is undoubtedly the most successful club in England. ManU has been described as a global brand with their influential cult following. Players like Rooney, Giggs, Pogba, Mata, Ronaldo have been some of the influential players from this club. The Club dominates premier league TV viewership around the world and according to 2013-14 statistics, United represent 52% of premier league’s global TV audience.
Manchester United has overtaken Real Madrid and Barcelona to become Europe’s most valuable club, being worth about €3.25bn (£2.9bn)
2018 FIFA World cup heroes from Manchester United:
There were 7 players in the 2018 World-cup semis. Jesse Lingard scored a magnificent goal in the 6-1 rout of Panama while Paul Pogba announced himself among world’s greatest. After scoring France’s third and the contest’s most decisive goal, he became the first United player to score in the tournament’s finale. Whereas, the ManU striker Romelu Lukaku arrived in Russia as Belgium’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Facebook: 48 Million, Twitter: 12 Million, Instagram: 12.2 Million
Chelsea has grown into a massive club in the last 10 to 12 years since Roman Abramovich has taken over the club. Chelsea won 3 Premier League titles, Champions League, Europa League and a number of domestic cups since 2004 which have elevated them in popularity charts. They have the sixth highest average all-time attendance in English football and regularly attract over 40,000 fans to Stamford Bridge.
After enjoying an incredibly successful first season, leading the London club to the Premier League title, Antonio Conte was, arguably, forced to leave Chelsea after being in-charge for two years. Since 2003 when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea, 12 managers, so far, have rolled over the position, each spending a very little time with the club.
2018 FIFA World cup heroes from Chelsea:
13 players from Chelsea headed to Russia for the World Cup. One can’t forget how Brazil struggled to cope with Eden Hazard (Belgium’s captain) in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Hazard shot Belgium’s final goal of the 2018 World Cup, earning a 2-0 win over England in the third-place game for the nation’s best ever finish. While the Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove award for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for an error-free tournament.
Chelsea has broken the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper by signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m on a seven-year deal. The 23-year-old arrives on the eve of Thibaut Courtois’ departure from Stamford Bridge, with the Belgian set to be unveiled at Real Madrid after he undergoes a medical.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2018
Facebook: 38 Million, Twitter: 13.7 Million, Instagram: 11.6 Million
Arsenal is not just any other football club, it is a by-word for history, tradition, and success. On the ground, world-class players like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp have followed in the footsteps of terrace heroes such as Charlie George and Tony Adams. Arsenal fans often refer to themselves as “Gooners”, the name derived from the team’s nickname, “The Gunners”.
Recently, the footballing world went to total shock when the longest-serving manager in the Premier League Arsene Wenger announced his retirement. The man who took the club from rags to riches ended his 22-year long journey with the club. He, in some way, revolutionized the English football.
2018 FIFA World cup heroes from Arsenal:
The Gooners Danny Welbeck, David Ospina, Alex Iwobi were some top 2018 world cup performers.
Well, that’s it from this side. It’s not your turn to share with us which club you follow and who is your football legend. Comment below and show your loyalty. Don’t just watch the game. Live the Game.