How Ronaldo helped Juventus beat Manchester United

In what seem an anti-climax to Manchester United fans, one of their most revered former players, Cristiano Ronaldo, has helped Juventus bypass the Red Devils as the third most popular football team on social media, after seeing an increase of 20 million followers.

The Portuguese superstar joined in summer 2018 and Juve have reaped the rewards since, now eclipsing Ronaldo’s former side United.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence has helped Juventus beat Manchester United as the third most followed club on Instagram.

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.


  1. Real Madrid – 77.6m followers


  1. Barcelona – 76.4m


  1. Juventus – 31.1m


  1. Manchester United – 31m


  1. PSG – 23.8m


Real Madrid still sit 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 had only 10 million followers before Ronaldo’s arrival at the Allianz Stadium.

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).