As an avid football fan, I find it interesting to consider which football teams have the most fans worldwide. Sure, you can go to any Premier League match and the stadium will be filled with thousands upon thousands of passionate and excitable fans, but this only represents a small fraction of the total number of fans out there. The best way for us to see which football teams have the most fans is to look at social media, as this gives us numbers of followers and subscribers.
There are over 316 million active Twitter users at the time of writing. Now when it comes to football teams, Real Madrid comes out on top, with a staggering 17.4 million followers, then it’s Barcelona with 16.1 million. There’s a huge difference separating the second and third most popular, as third place is Arsenal, with a total of 6.4 million followers. Manchester United comes close with 6.2 million, then Chelsea with 6.1 million.
Over on Facebook, it’s interesting to see that the top five most popular football teams are the same, though the order is a bit different. Barcelona is the most popular on Facebook, with a staggering 87 million likes; Real Madrid is catching up, though, with an impressive 84 million. With a total of 66 million, Manchester United is holding its own and coming in fourth and fifth are Chelsea, with 43 million, and lastly Arsenal, with 33 million. The numbers of followers are a lot bigger on Facebook seeing as this social media site is the world’s most popular, with a staggering 1.5 billion active monthly users as of the second quarter of 2015.
Having a look at Youtube, the top five is mostly the same. Barcelona’s on top with 1.9 million subscribers, closely followed by Real Madrid with 1.8 million. In third place is Manchester United with around 500,000 subscribers, with Chelsea in fourth place on 468,000. Finally, the fifth most popular football team on Youtube is Bayern Munich. Even though these numbers are smaller than the number of Twitter and Facebook followers, Youtube is massive in its own right, with over a billion users, who every day watch hundreds of millions of hours of content.
Adding the numbers up
Even though I’ve only looked at three of the most popular social media sites, there are clear patterns that can be seen. The Spanish teams Real Madrid and Barcelona are clearly the two most popular football teams. Manchester, Arsenal and Chelsea are all very popular in their own right. Now if we add the numbers of followers up, Barcelona comes out on top with a huge 105 million followers, then it’s Real Madrid not too far off with 103 million. In third place is Manchester with 72.7 million, while Chelsea and Arsenal come close at over 39 million each.
Even though I’ve only looked at three of the most popular social media sites, you can get a good idea of which teams are the most popular. It’s not just social media that you can use, look at any sports betting website, and you’ll see that many teams have very passionate and loyal fan bases. One thing is definitely clear: football is widely popular and has many faithful and loyal fans.