David Beckham has become the third footballer to pass 20 million fans on Facebook, following Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the LA Galaxy midfielder still has some way to go before he is to catch his illustrious rivals.
Despite plying his trade in a league regarded as far weaker than its European counterparts and despite no longer featuring in football at international level, Beckham manages to retain an impressively large fan base.
The 37-year-old left Madrid for Los Angeles five years ago, but his star has not diminished during his time across the opined, and Beckham can still boast to be one of the heavyweights of the game, despite his playing days coming to an end.
This can be backed up by Beckham's income, with Forbes ranking him as football's top earner, but also by his profile in social media with the former England captain clearly incredibly popular on Facebook.
This was demonstrated when Beckham's Facebook fanbase broke into new territory earlier this week, and he was quick to thank his fans for their loyalty.
"Just seen that we have reached 20 million, incredible...a special thank you to everyone, I have the best support out there," he posted.
Beckham, though, is still some way off the mark set by Ronaldo, with the Real Madrid forward closing in on a mammoth 50 million Facebook fans.
At this present time, Ronaldo's number stands at 47 million, while the Portuguese retains social media supremacy over Messi, with the Barcelona superstar some 10 million further back.
Although Beckham is lagging significantly behind the game's two most high-profile players, he can claim to have a far greater number of fans talking about his page, which again reinforces his relevance.
With over 780,000 fans talking about his page, Beckham has double the amount of interaction as Ronaldo at this present time, compared to almost seven times that of Messi.
This is likely to be down to Beckham's prominent role in the London 2012 Olympics, although superior management of his page compared to Messi and Ronaldo allows for a greater Facebook reach.
Beckham's frequent use of personal photos displaying messages of thanks to fans make his page seem more authentic, and this translates to the frequency of interaction from his fan base.
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