In this era of media protection and PR, professional footballers are becoming ever distant from the fans as maintaining a clubs image is seemingly more important than a connection to the supporters.
However in just a few short years the relationship between fans and their idols has never been closer as social networking site Twitter has brought everybody’s favourite football stars within 140 characters on personal contact.
This social interaction site has allowed supporters to get to know their favourite players and get an insight into the world of English football, or in some cases what they have had for breakfast.
Yes Twitter has also brought it’s fair share of bad news with some players getting into trouble with some ill advised tweets and a sadly common trend of users tweeting abuse to players.
Never the less Twitter is now a big part of football in this country and, if you don’t already, you may want to start following these ten football tweeters to get the insider knowledge and have a laugh with some of the best footballers in the world.
1. Sergio Aguero – @aguerosergiokun
The Manchester City forward is one of the top strikers in Premier League and it is always nice to know what is going on in the little Argentine’s world aswell as find out all the gossip from the City camp. There always seems to be something interesting going on with Aguero whether it be racing Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg or playing a bit of FIFA.
The striker even took to Twitter to calm City fans fears over the worrying injury he picked up at the start of the season. If you’re a City fan then you should start following Aguero, as for everyone else it’s worth following him just to see the hilariously cheesy profile pic.
2. Marvin Sordell – @MarvinSordell
This Team GB striker has endured a tough time recently with claims of racist abuse aimed at him in Bolton’s defeat at Millwall, however Sordell has taken to Twitter to fight his corner and his feed has been quite the read over the last week with some startling retweets of abuse from other users. It shows the character Sordell is and makes following him quite worthwhile as he is regularly retweeting stupid comments that are genuinely funny and interacting with followers.
3. Wayne Rooney – @WayneRooney
The Manchester United and England striker might not look like the sharpest tool in the box when it comes to interviews but on Twitter he has had more than enough interesting tweets to be worth following. Rooney broke the news about his hair transplant on his twitter account and is not afraid to let the world see a glimpse of his private life.
He also regularly tweets about other sports to keep you informed and is open to interacting with the fans aswell as regular unfriendly banter with Piers Morgan. He is probably the best player England have and to get this kind of access is a gift for any football nut and United fan.
4. Gary Lineker – @GaryLineker
The former Tottenham legend and MOTD presenter is a regular tweeter as he likes to keep his followers up to date with the all the latest sports news coupled with his own opinion on the world. His tweets usually in the same lighthearted and jokey format as his presenting unless he gets into another spat with footballing Twitter demon Piers Morgan. If you’re interested in Lineker’s interactions with other celebs and all the latest crisp news then you should probably be following him.
5. Tom Cleverley – @tomclevz23
Cleverley’s Twitter account is a great chance to get to know one of English footballs brightest talents as the Manchester United man gives a great insight into his life at the club. He has been compared to Paul Scholes in some circles but thankfully he is a little more chatty than the United veteran as he is regularly updating his followers on what he is up to and letting people know of his eclectic music taste. He is an interesting one to follow and will surely become more intriguing as he rises up the football reputation scale.
6. Joey Barton – @Joey7Barton
He is the Pantomime villain of English football and his Twitter account doesn’t stray far away from that persona as Barton’s feed is regularly caught up in controversy. In the past he has got into foul mouthed disputes with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer and surely it is only a matter of time before it happens again. In between the tirades of anger Barton sounds like he’s swallowed a book of Chinese proverbs as he is always tweeting poignant quotes along with his opinions on some of the latest news. Following Joey Barton on twitter is an absolute must for any user as there is usually something dramatic going on.
7. Nathan Dyer – @NathDyer87
The Swansea winger is the beating heart of banter at the Welsh club and he often uses his Twitter account to poke fun at his teammates and interact with them. You get a real sense of comradery within the team and that Dyer is the real joker of the pack, reading his Tweets will bring a smile to your face and if you’re a Swansea fan then it’s perfect for getting to know some of the stars of the team.
8. Stephanie Houghton – @stephhoughton2
Twitter isn’t only dominated by male players as plenty of Women footballers are also on the site and Team GB superstar Steph Houghton is definitely one to follow if you’re interested in the Women’s game. The Arsenal and England fullback gives a great insight into the life of a female player as she tweets about her endless triumphs with the gunners and also keeps her followers informed of all the latest in Women’s football. Along with Jill Scott and Karen Carney there is a whole host of female players that have interesting accounts and would be worth following as the Women’s game continues to grow.
9. Clarke Carlisle – @clarkcarlisle5
He’s the Chairman of the PFA and probably the smartest footballer on Twitter. He’s always seems to have something worthwhile to tweet and is always answering queries from followers and challenging some users opinions on the game. It’s a very insightful account that is actually very educational as he recently dealt with questions about the John Terry racism case and Ashley Cole controversy. Mr Carlisle is well worth following for his sound opinions on the big issues.
10. Robbie Savage – @RobbieSavage8
He is one of the unofficial footballing kings of Twitter and has gathered a nearly 1million strong army of followers as Savage’s popularity seems to have soared ever since he stopped playing football. Savage is now a successful pundit for the BBC and has become well known for his strong opinions and banter on football phone-in 606.
This banter with the fans spills into his twitter feed aswell as he regularly interacts with other celebs and followers which makes his account quite fun to read. If you’re interested in football at all then you have to follow Robbie Savage, he is someone people love to hate but he takes it all in good faith and has a laugh along the way.