Who has the most fans in 2020? Find out here as we go through the Top 10 most popular football clubs in the world.
It’s the world’s most popular sport in 2020, with fans all over the world. Many of them spend hundreds of their own hard-earned cash to see their favourite football clubs in action.
As time goes on, however, the number of supporters following a team either increases or decreases.
Some remain loyal to the very end, while others switch allegiance when a favourite player leaves or for other reasons. Either way, it’s inevitable and something clubs cannot control.
The number of supporters for a team, though, is no longer based on the amount of people turning up for games or jersey sales. Instead, we use the club’s social media followers.
So here we give you the Top 10 most popular football clubs in the world based on their social media followers.
10. Manchester City – 63.7m (fans)
The Citizens’ fanbase has soared over the last decade following their incredible success in the Premier League.
With talented players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, City are one of the most formidable teams in Europe. They even won an unprecedented domestic treble last season.
They will probably win over more supporters in the future should they keep up these exploits.
9. Paris Saint-German – 67.25m
* Twitter account is the English version.
Interest in PSG has soared since Neymar’s world-record €222m arrival from Barcelona in 2017. Many fans have since followed the Brazilian’s exploits in France.
While Kylian Mbappe’s growing profile has also helped PSG become one of the most followed football clubs.
Interestedly, the Ligue 1 champions went from 17.8m followers on Instagram to 27m over the past year alone.
8. Arsenal – 70.2 m
Seeing Arsenal in the Top 10 list of the most popular football clubs may surprise a few of you.
The Gunners haven’t played Champions League football for a few seasons now. It’s caused their profits to plummet, with the club no longer among the richest teams worldwide.
A lot of fans even refused to show up for Unai Emery’s final game as head coach in November.
If Mikel Arteta can pick things up, however, then the gloom surrounding Arsenal may end soon.
7. Bayern Munich – 70.9m
* Twitter account is the English version.
The Bavarians are Germany’s most successful club in history.
Bayern Munich are chasing a 30th Bundesliga and an eighth one in succession this season. That going to take some beating for the record books.
Naturally, Bayern’s exploits have won them many loyal supporters with an average 75,354 people attending home games.
6. Liverpool – 72.5m
The Reds have enjoyed a huge boost in social media followers following their exploits in the last two years.
Around 12m people, in fact, followed Liverpool’s Instagram account last year. This probably coincided with their Champions League success back in June.
And considering the way things are progressing this season, Liverpool can look forward to welcoming more fans in 2020.
After all, they do hold a commanding lead in the Premier League right now.
5. Chelsea – 82.2m
Having a billionaire in Roman Abramovich worked wonders for Chelsea early in the 21st century.
The Russian spent big on recruiting the most talented players available. It made them into Premier League champions in 2004/05, and they’ve regularly competed for titles ever since.
And while things have been a bit up-and-down lately, Chelsea still retain a strong following on social media.
4. Juventus – 83.8m
Having the most popular footballer on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo has it’s advantages.
In this case, Juventus’ social media following has soared ever since the Portuguese arrived from Real Madrid in 2018.
Fans have been keeping close tabs on Ronaldo’s exploits in Italy, keen to see whether he can conquer the Serie A. Therefore, Juventus’ Instagram account had an increase of 15m followers last year.
Thanks to the CR7 brand, they’ve also profited nicely from merchandise sales and so on.
3. Manchester United – 127.5m
The Red Devils have always been one of the most popular teams across the entire world. Whether it’s in China, Singapore or Chile, every football fan knows who the English giants are.
Although fans’ loyalty to United has been put to the test since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. The football club’s trophy supply has dried up and things are not looking good at the moment.
Still, United are the world’s third-richest and most popular club.
2. Barcelona – 217m
With names such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the team, Barcelona would always be one of the most popular.
The Catalan club is one of Europe’s strongest teams in terms of quality, financial resources and number of fans.
Over 200m social media followers, though, is a frightening number.
1. Real Madrid – 225m
Despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid are still going strong in 2020.
The recently crowned Spanish Super cup champions have welcomed millions of new supporters in the last decade. It most came through their Champions League successes and Ronaldo.
And while Los Blancos are no longer the richest club in the world, they still do have the most supporters.
So there you have it – the most popular football clubs in 2020.