Top 12: Most popular players in world football (1)

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Wayne Rooney celebrated another landmark on Wednesday, as the Manchester United striker reached 19 million fans on Facebook.

The 28-year-old paid tribute to all his followers that subscribe to his official page with a picture post thanking them for their continued support.

Rooney is currently ranked as the eighth most popular athlete on the planet, and is by far and away the most 'liked' footballer in the Premier League based on his Facebook fanbase.

The Old Trafford star's following is expected to grow even more over the summer, with Rooney set to take centre stage for England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, before returning to Manchester United aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 2013/14 campaign.

In light of Rooney's latest landmark, GiveMeSport thought it a good time to pull together a list of the most followed footballers on Facebook to determine where the Red Devils marksman ranks in terms of popularity in his sport.

With thanks to statistics provided by, here's a run down of the 12 frontrunners.

Click through the tabs - above or below - to work your way through the leaders from 12 to 1, and leave a prediction in the comment box provided with any stars you think could break into this list in the future...

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