The Cristiano Ronaldo effect: Juventus overtake Manchester United to become third most-followed football club on Instagram… but who leads the way with HUGE 77.6million followers?
- Cristiano Ronaldo is making a big difference at Juventus on and off the field
- Juventus’ social following has rapidly grown since his arrival in Turin
- The Old Lady have leaped above Man United in terms of Instagram followers
Juventus have bypassed Manchester United as the third most popular football team on social media, after seeing an increase of 20 million followers following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar joined in summer 2018 and Juve have reaped the rewards since, now eclipsing Ronaldo’s former side United.
Juve boasted 10 million prior to the arrival of Ronaldo, but their rapid increase still sees them sit some way off first place, with a fellow European giant on 77.6 million.
Juventus have bypassed Man United as the third most popular football team on social media
Juve have rocketed from 10 million to 31 million following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival
Real Madrid still lead the way as the most popular football club on Instagram
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR CLUBS ON INSTAGRAM
1. Real Madrid – 77.6m followers
2. Barcelona – 76.4m
3. Juventus – 31.1m
4. Manchester United – 31m
5. PSG – 23.8m
Real Madrid still still atop the pile, and benefitted hugely from Ronaldo’s long spell with the club.
The forward himself boasts a colossal 131 million fans, and is the most-followed athlete on social media.
Juventus’ following may have also increased after the summer arrivals of no less than eight senior players.
Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Cristian Romero, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Gianluigi Buffon were all signed by Maurizio Sarri this summer.
Dutch wonderkid De Ligt has 3.8 followers, Ramsey has 3.6m while club legend Buffon has 8.1m.
Barcelona are second behind rivals Real Madrid due to their 76.4m Instagram following with Juventus third (31.1m), Manchester United fourth (31m) and Paris Saint-Germain fifth (23.8m).
Gianluigi Buffon, who returned to Juventus this summer, has 8 million followers on Instagram
Aaron Ramsey (right) is among the eight players who joined the Old Lady this summer