In Europe, there are two football powerhouse leagues — Spain’s La Liga and England’s Premier League — and then there’s everybody else.
And with the football season just beginning, theScore, a sports media company based out of Toronto, Ont., compared the top-tier leagues across the social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, there were other various comparisons made between the leagues such as fan attendance and total UEFA Champions League wins.
- Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are the two superstars of the EPL and Manchester United — the duo combined for 8.7 million twitter mentions last season. Yet, that was almost three times fewer than La Liga’s premiere players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Ronaldo and Messi scored 24.3 million twitter mentions.
- On April 21, 2012, there were more than 1.7 million tweets mentioning the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona (“El Classico”) while there were just 500,000 twitter mentions of the Manchester United and Manchester City game (“The Manchester Derby”) that occurred a week after.
- Last season, the EPL had over 13 millions fans in attendance compared to La Liga’s 11-plus million.