Twitter Issues Data for World Cup Players and Teams with Most Follower Growth

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorJuly 3, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Paul Pogba of France controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Twitter has released data on which World Cup players and teams have seen the greatest growth in followers since the start of the competition.

Brazil players dominate the charts, although it is France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba who have seen the greatest increase.


World Cup players with greatest percentage of follower growth

1) Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) - 505%
2) Oscar (@Oscar11) - 428%
3) Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) - 332%
4) Paulinho (@paulinhop8) - 300%
5) Bernard Duarte (@b_10duarte) - 224%
6) Manuel Neuer (@Manuel_Neuer) - 179%
7) Fernandinho (@fernaoficial) - 171%
8) Luiz Gustavo (@LGustavo_22) - 170%
9) Ramires (@Rami7oficial) - 154%
10) Willian (@willianborges88) - 139%

Five of those players ply their trade in the Premier League and are followed by two Argentines in the growth of stars who play in England.

Premier League players with greatest percentage of follower growth

1) Oscar (@Oscar11) - 428%
2) Paulinho (@paulinhop8) - 300%
3) Fernandinho (@fernaoficial) - 171%
4) Ramires (@Rami7oficial) - 154%
5) Willian (@willianborges88) - 139%
6) Martin Demichelis (@demichelisok) - 116%
7) Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) - 45%
8) Andre Schuerrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) - 34%
9) Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) - 22%
10) Raheem Sterling (@sterling31) - 21%

Despite a poor World Cup, Italy lead the teams ranking, although they are the only nation to have launched an English-speaking version of their Twitter account.

10 teams with greatest percentage of follower growth

1) Italy (@azzurri) - 2376%
2) Iran (@TeamMeliIran) - 741%
3) Algeria (@LesVerts) - 683%
4) Portugal (@selecaoportugal) - 580%
5) Uruguay (@AUFseleccion) - 568%
6) Greece (@EthnikiOmada) - 523%
7) Russia (@TeamRussia) - 473%
8) Ivory Coast (@FIFCI_tweet) - 380%
9) Cameroon (@FecafootOfficie) - 345%
10) Switzerland (@SFV_ASF) - 272%

All data provided to Bleacher Report by Twitter.

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