He may have lost out recently to Lionel Messi for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, but Christiano Ronaldo certainly beats Messi hands down when it comes to social media popularity. The Real Madrid star is by far the most popular sportsperson on both Facebook and Twitter, with millions of Likes and followers on both of these social networks. Ronaldo has a massive 51.8 million likes on Facebook and 18.9 million followers on Twitter and is by far the number one sportsperson on both. Barcelona are the most liked sports team on both Facebook (38m likes) and Twitter (7.5m followers) but are closely followed (no pun intended) by their El Classico rivals Real Madrid who have 34m Facebook likes and 6.3m Twitter followers. The most Tweeted sports moment occurred during last year’s Euro 2012 UEFA final when over 267,000 tweets per minute were sent following the 88th minute goal scored by Spain’s Juan Mata.
The infographic detailed below was created by the company Eventility and details the most popular sports stars and teams on Facebook and Twitter as well as the sporting world’s growing impact both on and within social media.