FC Barcelona says it has attracted over seven million fans on Facebook, making it the most popular sports club on the social networking site ahead of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
MADRID (AFP) — Real Madrid, the team's arch rivals in the Spanish league, are the second most popular club on the site with just over six million fans while Manchester United, which has yet to get five million fans, is in third place, Barcelona said in a statement posted on its web site.
"This is further evidence that FC Barcelona is the most supported club in the world, way ahead of the opposition," it said.
Spain has the most FC Barcelona Facebook fans, followed by Indonesia, Turkey, France and the United States.
More than 80 percent of the club's fans on the site are males under 35 years of age. FC Barcelona officially joined Facebook in November 2009.
The Los Angeles Lakers, the reigning National Basketball Association champions, are the fourth most popular sports club on Facebook with over four million fans.