Fans today have much easier access to their favorite players, and there are a number of players well worth following on social media sites like Twitter.
There are plenty of players on the site, but these players are great to follow for a number of reasons.
Some are humourous, some are really good with fans, others are just really active and yet others give followers a glimpse into their private lives.
Here's the list of footballers you absolutely need to follow on Twitter.
Twitter Handle: @Joey7Barton
If you're looking for sheer entertainment from a footballer on Twitter, then you need look no further than Joey Barton.
There's plenty of action on Barton's page, whether he's warring with fans, quoting philosophers or preparing to have one of his Twitter followers join him on a trip to Australia (via Metro).
The English midfielder has over 2 million followers, and over 10,000 tweets. Here's Mr. Barton giving us a little glimpse as to what his future in the game could be.
Twitter Handle: @rioferdy5
Rio Ferdinand talks about a little of everything, and he has plenty of interaction with other users. The Manchester United defender rarely goes a day without tweeting.
Ferdinand has over 4 million followers, and almost 12,000 tweets to his name. Ferdinand has his say on darts being a 'real' mans sport below.
Twitter Handle: @Frimpong26AFC
Emmanuel Frimpong is certainly one of the main characters on Twitter when it comes to football players.
The Arsenal youngster has a big personality and it comes through in a big way on the social media site. Frimpong's always good for a laugh on Twitter.
The tweet below shows Frimpong can be quite serious too.
Twitter Handle: @WayneRooney
Wayne Rooney brings a constant presence similar to his Manchester United teammate, Rio Ferdinand.
His banter with fellow celebrities, especially that with Piers Morgan, certainly livens things up, though, Here's one of their latest back and forth rounds.
Twitter Handle: @themichaelowen
Michael Owen is one of the most active users on Twitter when it comes to football players.
You won't get a lot of banter from the former Liverpool striker, but some real interaction and straightforward thoughts on a lot of issues.
Some fans won't like it, but here's Owen's early predictions for the EPL top spots next year.
Twitter Handle: @JackWilshere
Jack Wilshere has a pretty decent number of followers, and there's a good reason why.
The Arsenal star gives out his fair share of retweets, and generally lets fans know what he's been up to. Here's one example.
Twitter Handle: @stuholden
Stuart Holden's almost 300,000 followers get pretty good updates on the life of the Bolton midfielder.
Holden's usage of Twitter is similar to Michael Owen's, as it's plain to see that he's a nice guy.
Twitter Handle: @RyanBabel
Though Ryan Babel's Twitter comments aren't all in English, the ones that are show that he can be a fun guy to follow.
Some of his stuff is pretty random, like whats below, but it's all in good fun.
Twitter Handle: @GiuseppeRossi22
Another player who presents two languages on his twitter, Giuseppe Rossi can be entertaining.
The Italian has been out of the game, due to injury, for quite a while, and has been pretty active with his tweets as a result.
He seems pretty interested in what goes on with celebrities over in the US.
Twitter Handle: @fizzer18
Phil Neville tweets and retweets with fans, other players and celebrities alike.
There's always plenty of chatter on his page, and much of it has to do with his thoughts on various happenings in football.
He had a pretty cheeky comment about Newcastle recently.