– Real Madrid now have more than 110million followers on social media platform Facebook
– It was gathered that the Spanish giants spent a staggering €300,000 to beat rivals Barcelona to the number
– Manchester United are third most followed football club on Facebook with 73 million
Spanish giants Real Madrid have lavished not less than €300,000 (about N140million) in their attempt to beat rivals Barcelona to reaching 100million Facebook followers.
Both clubs have taken their El Clasico rivalry beyond football as they are now at war as regards who becomes the first to boast of more number of followers on the platform.
So far, Los Blancos seem to have won the fight and now boast 110million Facebook followers compared to Barcelona’s 103million.
According to Spanish outlet Info Libre via Daily Star, Real Madrid coughed-up such huge amount to catch their eternal rivals off guard.
The report claim that €300,000 was released by last season’s La Liga to beat Barcelona to the much-vaunted 100million follower mark.
It is way more than what the club released for manager Zinedine Zidane to sign players to the club in the last two seasons.
Both teams are way above other football clubs around the world in terms of number of Facebook followers as Manchester United are third with 73million.
Bayern Munich are fourth on 52million, followed by Chelsea (48million), Juventus (43million), PSG (42million), Man City (39million), Liverpool (37million) and Arsenal (37million).
Unfortunately for the two La Liga giants, their dominance on social media has not matched their performances on the pitch this season.
And Lionel Messi’s Barcelona was humiliated by Paris Saint Germain at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League rounds of 16 clash.
The French League giants ran riots over their hosts with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hattrick to help his side grab a 4-1 advantage ahead of the second leg in France next month.
That strike that could not help Barca avoid defeat against PSG saw the Argentine equal the Champions League record previously held by Real Madrid legend Raul by scoring in his 17th consecutive year in the competition.
However, Legit.ng earlier reported that Mesut Ozil has played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and has met Lionel Messi several at club and national team level.
Commenting on the GOAT debate, the German midfielder still believes his countryman still has a slight edge over his fiercest rival.
Ozil was quoted on Twitter: “Messi has proven himself to be one of the best ever in Spain, but Ronaldo was always the best in every country he’s played in!”
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