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Top 10 football clubs with most fans in the world

OCTOBER 30, 2019 6 min. read
Top 10 football clubs with most fans in the world

Thousands of football matches are played each year among the hundreds of teams, various transfers take place, and numerous award ceremonies are held. Accordingly, the number of fans of these clubs increases or decreases every year. Although some people are loyal fans, some people can change the club they admire for some reasons such as footballer transfer, the number of wins of the club for that year, etc. 

As in the past, the club's most fans are determined not by the number of people coming to the stadium or number of jerseys sold but by the number of followers on social media. Of course, they are also important factors and should be known to the club. But today, we will do research based on modern life and identify the clubs that have the most fans in the world by the number of followers on social media. (All figures are due on September 29, and Twitter figures are based on the official page of each club representing the country only)

 

   10) Manchester City F.C.

   In total: 61.61 mln.

   Instagram: 15.3 mln.

   Facebook: 37 mln.

   Twitter: 7.28 mln.

   YouTube: 2.03 mln.

 

We begin our list with an English club. Well known to everyone, the Manchester City Football Club is a club based in Manchester and competing in the Premier League. Although, it was established in 1880, and it began operating under its current name on April 16, 1894. It has nicknames like Citizens, Sky Blues, and City. The number of fans has been increasing steadily in recent years due to the last two wins of this club in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, which has won six Premier League, in general. If you are planning to travel to Manchester, you are advised at least to watch the club's game and see the famous Etihad Stadium, which hosts over 55,000 fans. 

 

   9) Arsenal F.C.

   In total: 69.3 mln.

   Instagram: 15.8 mln.

   Facebook: 37 mln.

   Twitter: 15 mln.

   YouTube: 1.5 mln.

 

We are continuing our list with another English club, Arsenal. The club, founded in 1886, also competes with Manchester City in the Premier League. Its nickname is The Gunners. Emirates Stadium, over 60,000 square feet, should also be listed as one of the must-see destinations for football fans when traveling. I think with the leave of Arsene Wenger, who has been the most successful manager of the club and has been managing it since 1996 until 2018, the club has lost the fans but still managed to enter the top ten. 

 

   8) F.C. Liverpool

   In total: 70.56 mln.

   Instagram: 20 mln.

   Facebook: 35 mln.

   Twitter: 12.6 mln.

   YouTube: 2.96 mln.

 

The list is still going on with English clubs. It seems they are dominating. The situation is always the same in the Premier League. Unlike many countries, there are many strong teams fighting each other. In this case, it is not clear who will win until the last games, which makes the English league even more exciting.

The club, known as The Reds and founded in 1892, plays in the Anfield stadium with a capacity of over 53,000. The club has won the Champions League six times, including the 2018 and 2019, and maybe a large number of fans is due to this. As a football fan, I can say that it is one of the few clubs I want to watch live!

 

   7) Paris Saint-Germain

   In total: 70.98 mln.

   Instagram: 24.7 mln.

   Facebook: 37 mln.

   Twitter: 7.3 mln.

   YouTube: 1.98 mln.

 

The Paris Saint-Germain Football Club is in the seventh-place ahead of its rival with a slight margin. The very young club was founded in 1970. Nevertheless, it has many essential victories in a short time and has become one of the most active teams, and one of the clubs with many fans far ahead of clubs founded earlier. The Parc des Princes Stadium, with capacity over 47,000, hosts the club's games. The club, more commonly referred to as PSG, has nicknames such as Les Parisiens (The Parisians) and Les Rouge et Bleu (The Red and Blues). After transferring Neymar for € 222m, which is considered the most expensive transfer in the world in 2017, it has led to an increase in the number of fans and turn of the attention of everyone who loves Neymar to this club.

 

   6) FC Bayern Munich / Fußball-Club Bayern München

   In total: 73.37 mln.

   Instagram: 18.4 mln.

   Facebook: 49 mln.

   Twitter: 4.71 mln.

   YouTube: 1.26 mln.

 

We continue with the German club to color our list. The club, founded in 1900 and having the grand Allianz Arena stadium with a capacity of 75,000, competes in the Bundesliga. It has nicknames such as Der FCB (The FCB), Die Bayern (The Bavarians), Stern des Südens (Star of the South), Die Roten (The Reds), FC Hollywood. It has not lost in the Bundesliga since 2012, with a total of 29 victories. It has also won the Champions League five times. It is worth noting that the club has a vast and loyal fan base due to this success. If you decide to visit Germany, I recommend not returning without watching the game of this club, which wrote the German football club's history.

 

   5) Juventus F.C.

   In total: 80.8 mln.

   Instagram: 32.2 mln.

   Facebook: 39 mln.

   Twitter: 7.33 mln.

   YouTube: 2.27 mln.

 

We are at the center of the list with an Italian club, often referred to for the transfers recently. The club, also known as Juve, was founded in 1897. Juventus Stadium, which hosts home games (Allianz Stadium for some sponsorship), has a capacity of over 41,000. The record number of the stadium was recorded during the Italian Serie A match against Inter Milan on December 7, 2018. It won 35 times in Italian Serie A matches, 13 times in the Italian Cup, eight times in the Italian Super Cup, and twice in the Champions League. Juventus, not giving the victory in Italian Serie A since 2011, caused a big-selling news by transferring the Real Madrid's 9-year star Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. Undoubtedly, they have increased their fan base by transferring the most-watched person on Instagram and the player who has become a favorite of millions over the years.

 

   4) Chelsea F.C.

   In total: 81.63 mln.

   Instagram: 18.9 mln.

   Facebook: 48 mln.

   Twitter: 13.4 mln.

   YouTube: 1.33 mln.

 

We are returning to English clubs on our list. Chelsea Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, The Pensioners, was founded in 1905 and is currently based in London. For sure, there are always many people, love this city. I invite them to watch the English team's performance in the Premier League on a rainy day at Stamford Bridge.

The club has won the Champions League only once, in 2012. Throughout the years, the name has always been referred for the scandalous transfers. Frank Lampard, the club's legend, is the current head coach.

 

   3) Manchester United F.C.

   In total: 126.98 mln.

   Instagram: 31.6 mln.

   Facebook: 73 mln.

   Twitter: 20.3 mln.

   YouTube: 2.08 mln.

 

The Red Devils takes the third place with a big difference from his opponent! Strangely enough, everyone knows and calls the Manchester United club like this for years. Although it was founded in 1878, it continued to struggle in the green field with the present name that we all know and love in 1902. Old Trafford stadium with capacity more than 74,000 have already been added to the list of stadiums I would like to see!

It was the winner of the Premier League 20 times, which is also a record. The club has won the Champions League three times, two of which coincide with the years Sir Alex Ferguson coached. In total, the club won 38 cups: 13 times in the Premier League, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions League titles between 1986 and 2013 years when Alex Ferguson was coaching. While announcing his retirement, I am sure many, regardless of the team they like, were sad for the end of legend and his departure from the team.

 

   2) FC Barcelona

   In total: 219.66 mln.

   Instagram: 77.7 mln.

   Facebook: 103 mln.

   Twitter: 30.9 mln.

   YouTube: 8.06 mln.

 

Finally, the first Spanish club on our list! Barcelona, which makes almost 100 million difference from the third place. It was founded in 1899 and known as Barça or Blaugrana (team), Culés or Barcelonistas (supporters), and Blaugranes or Azulgranas (supporters). Camp Nou opens its doors to over 99,000 fans, is located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Since 2014, it has won 26 times in La Liga, 30 times in Copa Del Rey, 13 times in the Spanish Super Cup, and five times in the Champions League.

The first thing that comes to mind in Barcelona is the 32-year-old Argentine Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi is second in the list of players who scored the most goals (112) in the European Cups and the UEFA Champions League. Having one of the best players in the world explains the reason why the club has a large number of loyal fans. Besides, watching El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, a record-breaking and legendary club, is an absolute must-see experience for all football fans.

 

   1) Real Madrid CF

   In total: 227.01 mln

   Instagram: 78.9 mln 

   Facebook: 110 mln

   Twitter: 33 mln

   YouTube: 5.11 mln

 

Hala Madrid! While it was expected a significant decline in the number of fans with Ronaldo's departure, the King's Club has not lost leadership. The club, established in 1902, has a record as a Champions League winner 13 times. It has won 33 times in La Liga. In addition to social media, it is said to have over half a billion fans worldwide. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, with capacity more than 81,000, is a must-see destination if you visit Spain. In general, it would be a mistake to return from Madrid without watching the game of this club, considered the best clubs in the world. The club, that has brought up many legends throughout history and is now headed by one of the legends, Zinedine Zidane, has nicknames such as Los Blancos (The Whites), Los Merengues (The Meringues), Los Vikingos (The Vikings) and La Casa Blanca (The White House), Fans of the club call themselves MADRIDISTAS.

 

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