In the modern world social media can go some way towards telling you what you need to know concerning a particular celebrity's popularity and success.
For the most part it's the same with sporting teams, with the sides who have the most fans usually sitting near the top of the pile in terms of Facebook and Twitter fans.
It's for this reason that we've decided to use the social media giants to rate the world's elite teams in terms of their following.
So is it Manchester United with their colossal following in Asia who top the list? Or do a far smaller team sit surprisingly atop of the pile as the most globally popular franchise?
Click on to find out who makes our top ten most popular football teams....
*With thanks to Sportskeeda.com for providing the Facebook figures.
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