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Top 10 Most Popular Football Clubs In The World

Fans are the lifeblood of football. The Covid-19 lockdown showed how much the game misses the atmosphere and energy of full stadiums, and the English fans of the Big Six clubs demonstrated their strength and influence when they rallied against the European Super League idea in 2021.

These moments showed how fans united, from the die-hard regulars who followed their team everywhere, to the younger generation who watched more on TV and had a different bond with their club. Modern football is constantly evolving with technology, and there are many ways to be a fan; this is evident in the huge support some teams get from soccer fans all over the world.

This article will examine this trend, and look at the reasons why some clubs attract huge fanbases both locally and globally, and rank the top 10 most popular football clubs in the world.

Most Popular Football Clubs In The World

Top 10 Most Supported Football Clubs In The World

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Arsenal are the 10 most supported football clubs globally based on social media followers, merchandise sales, stadium capacity, and worldwide fan base.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid is widely regarded as the most popular club in the world. The Spanish powerhouse has a long and glorious history of success, which has earned them fans from every continent, with some estimates suggesting that they have around 400 million supporters worldwide.

With young stars like Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelion Tchouameni attracting new fans, it’s interesting to examine how Real Madrid has built the largest fanbase in the world.

Real Madrid Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook121
Instagram151
X49.8
TikTok38.7
Total360.5

Barcelona

Barcelona are more popular online than Liverpool and Manchester United, with the Catalans having 122 million Instagram followers and over 47 million on X (formerly Twitter). But their fame is not limited to social media; Barcelona have a huge global fanbase of 350 million people, according to estimates.

Among them are the loyal fans who fill up Barca’s impressive, 99,000-seat stadium Camp Nou (the biggest in Europe) every fortnight. With legends like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o playing for them in recent years, it’s no wonder that Barcelona have one of the largest fanbases in the world.

Barcelona Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook121
Instagram151
X49.8
TikTok38.7
Total360.5

Manchester United

Manchester United would challenge Liverpool’s claim to be the most famous English club in the world. The Red Devils owe their glory to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, who led them to 13 of their 20 English league titles, the most in history. Their supremacy in English football has earned them loyal fans from all over the world, from Africa to Asia. United boast over 180 million fans on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Manchester United Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook82
Instagram63.2
X37.5
TikTok24.3
Total207

Paris Saint Germain (PSG)

Paris Saint Germain was not a global phenomenon before 2011, when Qatar Sports Investments bought the club. But in the past ten years, everything has changed. Thanks to the dazzling performances of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, PSG has won the hearts of millions of soccer fans worldwide. The Parisian giants are especially loved by the younger generation of the game.

PSG Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook52
Instagram65.3
X4.7
TikTok41
Total163

Juventus F.C.

With a history of hosting stars like Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Alessandro Del Piero, it’s no wonder that this club has dominated Italian football in recent years. The Turin giants have earned global recognition for their superb European campaigns, their elegant playing style and their iconic black and white image, and they boast a massive social media fan base of 114 million to back it up.

Juventus F.C. Fans

PlatformFollowers (in millions)
Facebook47
Instagram60.2
X10
TikTok30.2
Total147.4

Manchester City

Manchester City’s global fan base has grown exponentially in the last decade, thanks to the Emirati billionaire Sheikh Mansour’s takeover and the stunning achievements of their legendary manager Pep Guardiola. The club’s supporters are spread across the world, far from their modern training facility the Etihad Campus in east Manchester. Man City have become a force to reckon with in world football.

Manchester City Fans

PlatformFollowers (in millions)
Facebook49
Instagram50.4
X17.3
TikTok23
Total139.7

Chelsea F.C.

Chelsea, another London club based in the west of the city, have a huge fan base beyond the UK capital, with more than 28,000 season ticket holders and millions of supporters around the world. The Blues have a total of over 120 million followers on social media, and many of them are willing to travel far and wide to cheer for their team.

Chelsea F.C. Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook54
Instagram42
X25.4
TikTok15.3
TOTAL136.7

Liverpool F.C.

With a global audience of 643 million households in 212 territories, the Premier League is the world’s most popular sporting league. Since its launch in 1992, the league has grown and evolved, and some clubs have become more renowned than others. Liverpool stands out as one of the most celebrated teams, with a long history of success.

They won their first Premier League title in 2020, adding to their 19 previous top flight trophies. They have also thrilled fans with their memorable Champions League matches and their star players like John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Mo Salah, who have dazzled with their skills on the pitch. Liverpool is a team that appeals to many, regardless of where they are from.

Liverpool F.C. Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook46
Instagram44.1
X24.2
TikTok17.3
TOTAL131.6

FC Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich has always been a powerhouse in the Bundesliga, but their recent signing of Harry Kane, the former Spurs star, has drawn more attention from English fans. The German club has a huge fan base around the world, who have enjoyed watching legendary players like Phillipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and Joshua Kimmich over the years.

FC Bayern Munich Fans

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook60
Instagram41.2
X6.9
TikTok18.4
TOTAL126.5

Arsenal F.C.

The Gunners have a rich history of being the top club in London, and one of the most successful club in England. They enjoy a huge fan base in the capital city, but they also have loyal supporters across the globe, from casual to hardcore. The North London club boasts over 40 million followers on Facebook, a staggering number that reflects their popularity.

PlatformUsers (in millions)
Facebook42
Instagram28.5
X22.2
TikTok6.5
Total99.2

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