Top 20 Most Followed Football Clubs on Social Media As Real Madrid Top Charts

Top 20 Most Followed Football Clubs on Social Media As Real Madrid Top Charts

Fred Kennedy
June 12, 2024 at 3:44 PM
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  • Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona sit top among the most followed clubs in the world on social media
  • Both clubs boast millions of followers across various social media platforms, with Real Madrid taking the No.1 spot
  • Manchester United and rivals Manchester City are the most followed clubs on social media from the Premier League

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With the rise of social media, football clubs have found a new way of connecting with their fans globally.

Clubs can now bypass traditional media outlets, and directly engage with supporters, and even communicate important details with them.

However, there are teams whose global appeal transcends borders and languages.

Real Madrid are currently the most followed club on social media. Photo by Rob Newell.
Real Madrid are currently the most followed club on social media. Photo by Rob Newell.
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Whereas some of these teams have grown their popularity on social media based on their history and dominance, others have acquired a sizable audience through marquee signings.

Major League Soccer side Inter Miami and Saudi giants Al Nassr are classic examples, with the two teams landing two of arguably the best players in the history of football.

Al Nassr, for instance, are understood to have gained a lot of traction on social media after they completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in January 2023.

According to Yahoo News, the Saudi club gained more than five million new Instagram followers within days of announcing Ronaldo's arrival.

For context, the club's platform followers stood at about 850,000, but they skyrocketed to their current 26 million due to the Ronaldo effect.

Which are the most followed clubs?

According to recent research conducted by CIES Football Observatory, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most followed teams online.

Real, recently crowned Champions League winners, sits top of the charts with about 410 million followers across all social media platforms.

The following includes 162 million followers on Instagram and close to 51 followers on X.

Barcelona rank second on the list with 360 million followers, almost 40 million more followers than Manchester United, who are the highest-placed Premier League team.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are fourth on the list, while Manchester City complete the top five podium with 158 million followers.

Top 20 most followed teams in the world on X, Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok




1. Real Madrid

410 million

La Liga

2. Barcelona

360 million

La Liga

3. Manchester United

216 million

Premier League

4. Paris Saint-Germain

184 million

Ligue 1

5. Manchester City

158 million

Premier League

6. Juventus

155 million

Serie A

7. Liverpool

144 million

Premier League

8. Chelsea

141 million

Premier League

9. Bayern Munich

137 million


10. Arsenal

102 million

Premier League

11. Tottenham Hotspur

96 million

Premier League

12. AC Milan

68 million

Serie A

13. Inter Milan

61 million

Serie A

14. Atletico Madrid

60 million

La Liga

15. Al Nassr

54 million

Saudi Pro League

16. Flamengo

54 million


17. Borussia Dortmund

52 million


18. Al-Ahly SC

51 million


19. Galatasaray

45 million


20. AS Roma

36 million

Serie A

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Editor - Europe Team