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Sports, as a form of entertainment, are hugely popular, and there are millions and millions of people all over the world who are ardent fans of sports. Athletes are stars to these fans, and they have been followed and emulated by the world, who have always been curious about their personal lives, and how these sports stars are outside the field. Earlier, the only available source for these were the media, like newspapers, television, magazines, etc., where interviews, gossip, photographs, etc. of the players would be published. Many fans are known to keep a collection of newspaper or magazine cut-outs of their favorite players.

But, times have changed, and athletes, like other celebrities, have realized the power of social media networks, where they can easily present a part of their personal or social lives to the people. Almost every athlete has a profile on the popular sites like Facebook and Twitter, and as it is expected, have tons of followers. Let us take a look at 10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media.

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

10. Michael Jordan

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, better known as just Michael Jordan or by his initials MJ, is a former American basketball player who was born on February 17, 1963, and is also known as an entrepreneur and chairman and principle owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan spent 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His own website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan is also known by his nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”. He was inducted in the All-NBA First Team ten times, All-Defensive First Team nine times, and also achieved the Most Valuable Player Awards five times and received the All-Star Game MVP Awards thrice. Jordan was honored as the Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the Charlotte Business Journal on January 20, 2015. He currently has 27.7 million followers on Facebook.

9. Mesut Ozil

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Mesut Özil is a German national soccer team member who was born on 15 October 1988, and currently plays for the English club Arsenal. He has been on the German youth national team member since 2006 and was included in the German national team in 2009. He first achieved international reputation when he was nominated for the Golden Ball Award in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Özil ranked first in assists with 25 assist in Major European and domestic competitions in 2011. He ranked first in assists with 17 assists in La Liga in 2012. He was also the top assist with three assist in both the tournament of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. Mesut Ozil received the Bambi award as the most successful German athlete in 2010. He currently has 27 million followers on Facebook.

8. Ronaldinho Gaucho

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Next  on Popular Athletes on Social Media, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho Gaucho or just Ronaldinho, is a former Brazilian national soccer team member who was born on 21 March 1980, and currently plays for Mexican club Querétaro as an attacking midfielder or forward. He received the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice consecutively in 2004 and 2005. He scored 33 goals in his 97 appearances for the Brazil national football team and was a part of the victorious World Cup squad of Brazilian national team in 2002. He was also inducted in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team on the same year. Ronaldinho was listed in the FIFA 100 compiled by Pelé and inducted in the FIFPro World XI thrice consecutively from 2005 to 2007. Ronaldinho currently has 30.3 million followers on Facebook and 11.5 million followers on Twitter which made his online fan base of 41.9 million.

7. Ricardo Kaka

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Another one on Popular Athletes on Social Media, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Ricardo Kaka or just Kaká, is a former Brazilian national soccer team member who was born on 22 April 1982. Kaká is Considered to be Most Handsome Footballer in the World. Kaká currently plays for Orlando City as an attacking midfielder. He joined Milan in 2003 for a joining fee of €8.5 million. He achieved the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or awards in 2007. Kaká joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €65 million after his success with the Milan. He made his comeback in Milan in 2013 after he spent four years in Spain. He is the member of the victorious World Cup squad of the Brazilian national team in 2002. He was inducted in the list of world’s most influential people by Time Magazine twice in 2008 and 2009. Kaká is the first athlete to get 10 million followers on Twitter. He currently has 32.7 million followers on Facebook and 22.1 million followers on Twitter which made his online fan base of 54.8 million.

6. John Cena

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Another on Popular Athletes on Social Media , John Felix Anthony Cena, better known by his ring name John Cena, is an American professional wrestler currently works for WWE who was born on April 23, 1977, and popular as a rapper and actor. He served his duty as the franchise player of World Wrestling Entertainment since 2005. He achieved WWE World Heavyweight Championship a record 12 times, WWE United States Championship three times and also became the Tag Team Champion four times. Cena won the Royal Rumble twice and became the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match in 2012. John Cena is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Cena is also known as a muscle car collector with having more than 20 one-of-a-kind cars in his collection. at the moment he is the one of most Richest Wrestler in the World. He currently has 36.6 million followers on Facebook and 6.8 million followers on Twitter which made his online fan base of 43.5 million.

5. Dwayne Johnson

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Next on Popular Athletes on Social Media, Dwayne Douglas Johnson, better known by his ring name The Rock, is an American professional wrestler and actor who was born on May 2, 1972. He started his career as the college footballer of the University of Miami where he won a national championship for the Miami Hurricanes football team in 1991. He also played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. He first appeared in the world of wrestling with the name “Rocky Maivia” and later became popular as “The Rock” during his work in the World Wrestling Federation from 1996 to 2004. Dwayne Johnson first appeared in the leading role in The Scorpion King in 2002 where he was paid $5.5 million which is a world record for an actor for his debut role. Rock currently has 46.1 million followers on Facebook and 8.1 million followers on Twitter which made his online fan base of 54.2 million.

4. Neymar

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Next on Popular Athletes on Social Media, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as just Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who was born on 5 February 1992, and currently plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona as a forward or winger besides being the captain of the Brazil national soccer team. He achieved the South American Footballer of the Year award when he was just 19 years old in 2011, and again achieved the same in 2012. Neymar won the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year in 2011. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in February 2013 and became the first Brazilian athlete to be honored by Time Magazine. He was named as the most marketable athlete on the planet by the SportsPro magazine in May 2013. Neymar currently has 51.7 million followers on Facebook and 16.8 million followers on Twitter which made his online fan base of 68.6 million.

3. David Beckham

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

David Robert Joseph Beckham, better known as just David Beckham, is a former English “Stylish” footballer who was born on 2 May 1975, and played for several reputed clubs such as Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain. He holds tile among Popular Athletes on Social Media, with numerous soccer records as the former captain of the English national soccer team. Beckham is the first English footballer to achieve league titles in four different countries, England, Spain, America and France. He played his final game as a professional footballer on 18 May 2013. Beckham was inducted in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players in 2004. He was described as “the biggest metrosexual in Britain” by Simpson in an article published on Salon.com in 2002. Beckham currently has 51.9 million dedicated followers on Facebook.

2. Lionel Messi

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, better known as just Lionel Messi, Argentine Great footballer who was born on 24 June 1987, and currently plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona as a forward besides being the captain of the Argentina national soccer team. Messi achieved his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations when he was just 21 years old, and later won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2009. He achieved the FIFA Ballon d’Or thrice consecutively from 2010 to 2012. He was inducted twice in the annual list of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011 and 2012. currently he is the 2nd Highest Paid Footballer in the World. His Facebook page had more than six million followers within a few hours since it was launched in April 2011. Messi currently has 78.1 million followers on Facebook.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, better known as just Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who was born on 5 February 1985 and currently plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid as a forward besides being the captain of the Portuguese national soccer team. He got his first nomination of the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year when he was only 22 years old. Cristiano achieved his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2008 and later also achieved the Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. He is the second highest paid athlete in the world with $80 million earning, according to the recently published ranking of ‘The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes’ by Forbes. Cristiano currently has 106.9 million followers on Facebook and 33.5 million followers in Twitter which made his online fan base of 140.5 million. Read Details About his Homes.

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The athletes on their social pages share their photographs of events, new styles they are adopting, etc., as well as their thoughts, some big events in their lives, and many such things. This way, they can interact with the fans more regularly, and this only makes them even more popular.

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10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
3. David Beckham
4. Neymar
5. Dwayne Johnson
6. John Cena
7. Ricardo Kaka
8. Ronaldinho Gaucho
9. Mesut Ozil
10. Michael Jordan

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