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The Top Ten most influential sport tweeters

With the help of the guys at Peer Index* we take a look at who the most influential tweeters in the UK sporting industry are. From footballers and Olympians to football pundits and tennis players. find out who made the list below

*Peer Index score (PI) ranks how influential tweeters are globally 0 – 100 (the highest score). The PeerIndex algorithm recognizes the speed and quantity by which users spot, share (and thus endorse) content on any specific topic.

Top ten countdown

#10 Gary Neville

 

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Image Courtesy of Catatan Bola, flickr.com

@GNev2

Footballer turned pundit

2.58 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 87

This former England and Manchester United player’s football insights on Sky Sports have won him rave reviews and followers aplenty. Often prone to a twitter spat with Piers Morgan, his football banter and twitter commentary has earned him a place in the top 10 this year.

 

#9 Rio Ferdinand

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Image Courtesy of carmen 2037, flickr.com

@rioferdy5

Footballer

5.98 Million Followers

Peer Index Score: 87

Avid tweeter Rio, doesn’t shy away from the twitter spotlight. His controversial and opinionated tweets on all things ranging from football to music have given him one of the most prominent twitter accounts in the UK.

 

#8 Jack Wilshere

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Image Courtesy of Kieran Clarke, flickr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@JackWilshere

Footballer

1.67 million Followers

Peer index score 88

Young Arsenal mid-fielder Jack has quickly amassed a huge following with his, frankly quite tame, tweets on football and his family and social life. This was no doubt helped by his ever growing profile in the tabloid press, due to blunders such as being photographed smoking, not to mention being arrested for an incident involving a taxi driver.

 

#7 Gary Lineker

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Image Courtesy of Francisco Javier Fernandez, flickr.com

@GaryLineker

Footballer turned TV pundit

3.38 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 89

Match of the Day presenter and former England captain, Gary, is best known for his witty football banter, and his humorous responses to Piers Morgan’s attempt at provocation, thus earning him an army of twitter fans.

 

#6 Stan Collymore

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Image Courtesy of blog-adman-yurdu, flickr.com

@StanCollymore

Footballer turned pundit.

671,335 followers

Peer Index Score 90

Although, in comparison to his sporting colleagues, Stan has a relatively small following, his influence and engagement through re-tweets and favourites has positioned the Talk Sport presenter as one of the most influential sporting twitter users in the UK.

#5 Tom Daley

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Image Courtesy of hand-some.tk, flickr.com

@TomDaley1994

Olympic diver & TV personality

2.6 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 91

With the help of two hit ITV shows, loveable diver Tom Daley has slowly accumulated a huge twitter following. His recent ‘coming out’ on Youtube also contributed to a bevy of new twitter fans who were quick to congratulate him on his bravery.

 

#4 Andy Murray

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Image Courtesy of Stephen Abbott, flickr.com

@andy_murray

Tennis Player

2.81 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 91

Since his Wimbledon win, Andy has stepped up his social media game, regularly tweeting about his diet, training regime and interacting with fans. Most recently, however, he found himself at the centre of a twitter storm when he used his influence to wade in on the Scottish referendum debate at the last minute, to the anger of many English fans.

#3Michael Owen

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Image Courtesy of tashaNR7, flickr.com

@themichaelowen

Footballer turned TV pundit

3 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 92

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker Michael Owen has augmented his presence on Twitter since turning his hand to football punditry. He tends to keep his tweets and opinions football related, but he has still managed to land himself in trouble on a number of occasions, namely when he called his former employer, Newcastle United, a ‘poor team’.

#2 Joey Barton

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Image Courtesy of sbo9, flickr.com

@Joey7Barton

Footballer

2.89 million Followers

Peer index score 92

Joey certainly isn’t shy when it comes to sharing his opinions. Whether they are on religion, society, celebrity or football, Joey’s infamous twitter rants can’t help but cause controversy! As a result he has amassed a huge cult following and, secures the second spot on our most influential list.

#1 Wayne Rooney

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Image Courtesy of sbo twentyfour, flickr.com

@WayneRooney

Footballer

10.3 Million Followers

Peer Index Score 93

In the coveted first place position is Manchester United footballer, Wayne Rooney. With over 10.3 million followers, Rooney is head and shoulders ahead of his sporting counterparts, as he fills his twitter feed with banter and commentary on the beautiful game.

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