Almost every country in the world has a domestic soccer tournament – but not all of them are created equal. Some of them barely make it in the local press, while others have a massive international following, even in countries where soccer is otherwise not very popular. The most popular of them is the English Premier League or EPL. England’s top-tier football league is always first among the markets at Betway EPL soccer betting and is covered by the sports media all over the globe. It provides fans with quality football that millions all over the world follow faithfully and bet on. The EPL has several well-known teams – but these are the ones that have a massive fanbase well beyond the borders of the misty Albion.
Since Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took over Manchester City, the team’s fan base around the world has grown considerably. Today, the team has an estimated 68 million fans around the world – growing, considering their good performance in the EPL recently. Man City has grown into one of the most supported clubs in England, and its fan base is spread all over the globe – Nairobi has its own official Citizens’ supporters’ club.
With more than 72 million fans, the Gunners are high among the preferences of football fans around the world. Even when the team hasn’t performed too well, its fan base remained faithful, both on social media and beyond. The Gunners have fans everywhere from Australia to Uganda.
Winning the Premier League in the 2019-2020 season, the culmination of Jurgen Klopp’s time with the team did wonders for Liverpool’s already considerable following. The Reds have quite a few recognizable names among their ranks – think Konaté, Mané, Salah, and others – and the successful games they play (they are currently tied with Chelsea in the first place in the EPL) make sure their following continues to grow. LFC has fans all over the world, from New Zealand to Thailand and beyond.
Chelsea, the most popular EPL club in Kenya, has the second-highest social media following among EPL clubs. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Chelsea is one of the most successful clubs in the Premier League and one of the most beneficent ones during the pandemic: Chelsea lent its London hotel to the NHS staff and paid its matchday staff in full while football was suspended in England. And this year, its fan base is likely growing further: it has started the season in a marvellous form – helped by the addition of Romelu Lukaku to its squad.
5. Manchester United
While it did go through its share of controversy, Manchester United remains the most followed Premier League club in England and beyond. Its fan base certainly grew this year with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo to the lineup – the Portuguese football star is the most popular person on Instagram, and some of this popularity will certainly stick to the Red Devils as well.
Manchester United has claimed many superlatives over the years – it was the most-followed football club in the world, the one with the highest revenues, and among the most successful, with 13 Premier League titles, 2 UEFA Champions League titles, and it is one of the few teams that won the League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the same year.