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Top Premier League footballers on tweets

July 20, 2012

Here are 10 Premier League players that deserve a place on your Twitter feed.

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For footy fans of the past, getting a glimpse into the lives of famous players used to involve religiously poring over newspapers, magazines, and post-match interviews.

However, with the advent of social networking websites like Twitter, finding out information about your favourite players can be achieved in a few quick clicks of a mouse.

But with the sheer wealth of footballers regularly posting on Twitter, who is worth following? We’re here to help; here are 10 Barclay’s Premier League players that deserve a place on your Twitter feed.

Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

The United defender posts a wide range of information; from what he’s having for lunch or what music he’s listening to, to his thoughts on the latest goings on in football. Rio also regularly interacts with his twitter fans (which he refers to as a ‘movement’) by holding online question and answer sessions, which are a fantastic opportunity to speak to such a famous player.

Sample tweet: “At training today we must have had summer winter autumn + spring within an hour + half, crazy stuff!! Still made for a decent session though”

Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton)

A marked contrast to his no-nonsense, hard-man playing style, Barton’s posts involve his thoughts on politics, quoting the lyrics of The Smiths, and reviews of his trips to art galleries. Add to this his passionate views about football, and Barton is well worth a follow, if not just to see how different his personality is off the pitch.

Sample tweet: “National Gallery was vv gd. Monet and I like very similar colours. I think he’s my new fav. Although VVG and his madness endear him to me”

Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam)

Charlie Adam has a huge amount of fans wanting to talk to him, so it is to the midfielder’s credit that he takes out so much time to interact with them, with frequent replies to people asking him questions, and retweets for those requesting them. He also gives updates about training, and takes a keen interest in the results of the Liverpool youth teams.

Sample tweet: “Congratulations to LFC under 19s winning 4-0 tonight away in molde, keep it going lads”

Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere)

As a teenager, Jack Wilshere posts things you would expect to hear from someone of that age, like what he thinks of X-factor contestants, and which video games he is enjoying. However, there is more to the young England international’s page than that. Showing maturity beyond his years, Wilshere has done a huge amount for Jack Marshall, a young boy suffering from a brain tumour, raising the profile of his charity and introducing him to some of his other footballing heroes.

Sample tweet: “Lovely picture of me and @Jack_Marshall_ holding my PFA young player award! #jackmarshallrules http://yfrog.com/nydb6hj”

Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8)

Ex-Premier League footballer Robbie Savage certainly deserves a place on this list. As a pundit he still has a lot of interesting points to make about the game, and he is extremely easy going in his reaction to the large amounts of abuse he receives, even retweeting some of the funnier insults.

Sample tweet: “RT Robbie savage knocks me sick.. His face is just as offensive as his mouth!”

Darren Bent (@DarrenBent)

Darren  Bent was one of the first footballers to use Twitter as a means of communicating with his fans, and he’s still going strong today despite a couple of hiccups along the way, including a rather blunt tweet about his move to Sunderland in 2009 that landed him in some serious trouble.

Sample tweet: “Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go stoke NO do I wanna go sunderland YES so stop f***ing around levy”

Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney)

Usually a shy and quiet person in interviews, a bit more of Wayne Rooney’s personality comes out on Twitter, where he jokes around with other players and talks about his son Kai.

Sample tweet: “Going training. Me and Ashley cole destroying Defoe with banter. I’m sure I can see tears!!!!!!!”

Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand)

Anton doesn’t have quite as many followers as his Twitter-powerhouse brother Rio, but he is still worth keeping an eye on. He gave some refreshingly honest responses to fans who wanted to know about his move to QPR, and if you can get past his text speak tweeting style he is a good player to follow.

Sample tweet: “@Jamestweddell when a club accepts a bid 4 u that tells u ur time is up there I had 1yr left on my contract and I wasn’t gettin a new 1”

Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart)

Posts about football from a hugely talented player, tweeting about his life in the Premier League and his experiences with the Dutch National Team, what’s not to like? Van der Vaart also holds regular competitions for his followers to win football related prizes.

Sample tweet: “Disappointed I can’t be there tonight with Holland against Finland but I’m convinced they will take the 3 points, good luck guys!”

Phil Neville (@fizzer18)

The more likeable of the Neville brothers, Everton skipper Phil spends a lot of time talking to other footballers. A great follow if you want to see some of the banter that goes on between players.

Sample tweet: “@Tim_Cahill good win yesterday mate @Johnheitinga won 11-0 and scored we will never hear the end of it!”

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