Real Madrid basketball is the world’s third-most-followed team on Facebook

25 Jan 2019
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Real Madrid are setting the international benchmark on social networking sites. Beyond their football team’s leading status with 109 million Facebook followers, their basketball team are currently the third-most-followed side in the world in terms of online fans on the popular site. The 15.9 million supporters following the Real Madrid basketball Facebook page see the Whites sit in third place worldwide, behind only the Los Ángeles Lakers (21.6) and the Chicago Bulls (17.9), being the only European side to compete with the NBA, according to a study by El Español.

Aside from those two big names, Real Madrid sits above the remaining 28 NBA teams, boasting more followers than the all-time leaders in terms of titles, Boston Celtics (9 million) and the Golden State Warriors (11.3), winners of three of the last four campaigns.

Only six basketball teams in the world have broken the ten-million mark. Other than the Lakers, Bulls, Real Madrid and Warriors, the Miami Heat (15.4) and Houston Rockets (10.9) make up the list. Down the other end of the table, 12 NBA franchises have less than two million Facebook followers.

Ranking of teams by most Facebook followers​

POSITION  CLUB MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS

1 L.A. Lakers 21.6

2 Chicago Bulls 17.9

3 Real Madrid 15.9

4 Miami Heat 15.4

5 G.S. Warriors 11.3

6 Houston Rockets 10.9

7 Boston Celtics 9

8 Cleveland Cavaliers 8.7

9 San Antonio Spurs 7.1

10 Oklahoma City Thunder 7.1

11 Sacramento Kings 6.7

12 New York Knicks 5.9

13 Dallas Mavericks 4.4

14 L.A. Clippers 3.7

15 Indiana Pacers 3.2

16 Orlando Magic 2.7

17 Brooklyn Nets 2.6

18 Portland Trail Blazers 2.4

19 Toronto Raptors 2.3

20 Denver Nuggets 1.9

21 Minnesota Timberwolves 1.9

22 Phoenix Suns 1.8

23 Memphis Grizzlies 1.8

24 Detroit Pistons 1.8

25 Utah Jazz 1.8

26 Charlotte Hornets 1.7

27 Philadelphia 76ers 1.7

28 New Orleans Pelicans 1.7

29 Atlanta Hawks 1.6

30 Milwaukee Bucks 1.6

31 Washington Wizards 1.5

The significance of the Whites’ figures are even more striking in relation to their Euroleague rivals. Barcelona Lassa (2.4) are some 13 million fans behind, while Fenerbahçe have 1.2 million, Olympiacos 0.4, Panathinaikos 0.3 and CSKA 0.09.

Ranking of Euroleague teams by most Facebook followers

POSITION  CLUB FOLLOWERS

1 Real Madrid 15.9 millones

2 FC Barcelona Lassa 2.4 millones

3 Fenerbahçe 1.2 millones

4 Olympiacos 404.000

5 Panathinaikos 388.000

6 Bayern Múnich 300.000

7 Anadolu Efes 280.000

8 Maccabi Tel Aviv 235.000

9 Zalgiris Kaunas 205.000

10 Olimpia Milán 171.000

11 CSKA 94.000

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