Spanish giants Barcelona have become the first sports team or franchise of any kind to surpass 10million followers on Twitter for a single account, with the milestone passed earlier today.

Barcelona are well out ahead in terms of followers for a sports club on the social networking site, with 10,004,383 users choosing to receive Twitter updates from the Camp Nou's official @FCBarcelona account.

The La Liga champions are also well over 1million followers clear of bitter domestic rivals Real Madrid, who are stuck just short of 9million fans Twitter acquaintances.

Add Barca's other ten official accounts in multiple languages and their Twitter total exceeds 16million followers.

Barca now have more than 75million online fans across a range of social media platforms, with the four-time Champions League winners also becoming the first club to break 1million mark in terms of You Tube subscribers earlier this year.

NBA franchise the Los Angeles Lakers rank third on the list of sports teams on Twitter, with Champions League contenders Galatasaray, Arsenal and Chelsea following close behind.

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