Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus is the footballer with the most followers in the most important social networks, according to a study by the German consultancy Result Sports, which puts Pepe and Fábio Coentrão in the top 100.
Between Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, Ronaldo is followed by more than 337 million people, well ahead of second place, Brazilian Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) with 206 million, and third, Argentine Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) , which reaches 190 million people even without having a Twitter account.
In fourth place is former Colombian Porto James Rodríguez, currently playing for the Bayern Munich Germans with 90 million people, in a ‘top’ that puts former Benfica Brazilian David Luiz in 15th place.
Spaniard Iker Casillas represents the Portuguese championship in 16th place, with almost 47 million followers, while the Colombian Falcao, former player of the dragons and current advanced of Monaco, is 18th.
Pepe, playing in the Turks of Besiktas, is 39th in this ranking, with more than 22 million people on social networks, while the Argentinean Ángel Di María, who played for Benfica and plays for PSG, is 72.
Fábio Coentrão, playing Rio Ave, ranks 76th in the ranking, with 10.8 million followers in the top three social networks, ahead of names like Marco Asensio, Gonzalo Higuain, the Welshman Aaron Ramsey.
Mexican Miguel Layún, who went through FC Porto and plays for Sevilla, is 102nd, while Portuguese rider Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe’s colleague at Besiktas, is in 116th place with more than seven million followers.
Former Spaniard Cristian Tello is 123rd, ahead of the Brazilian and former player of Hulk (135th), former Penafiel and Sporting Braga Diego Costa (137th), Brazilian Diego (152) and the Colombian Juan Quintero (155), both old ‘dragons’.
Diego Reyes (169th) and Colombian Fredy Guarín (174th) continue to represent the bunch of former FC Porto players, while the Egyptian Hassan, currently in Olympiacos, who has gone through Sporting Braga and Rio Ave , is 176.
Former Indian Sporting Sunil Chhetri is in 206th place in the social network ranking, just ahead of another former ‘lion’, Costa Rican Joel Campbell, with the Egyptian Shikabala, another athlete who wore ‘green and white’ in 216.
In 217th there is Renato Sanches, with the Portuguese athlete from Bayern Munich reaching 2.6 million people, slightly above the reach of the former Algerian Sporting Slimani (219th), and the Peruvian André Carrillo, who played in Sporting and Benfica in 242th place, and Belgian Witsel, former ‘eagle’, in 244th.