Football's tweeters

Published 1613 GMT (0013 HKT) July 30, 2012
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Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has 4.6 million followers on Twitter. The Premier League's new code of conduct on the use of social media sites is to underline to players the responsibility they have to such a big audience. Getty Images
Rio Ferdinand is a way behind teammate Rooney but still has three million followers who tune in for his views on everything from fashion to music, with a bit of football thrown in too of course. Getty Images
Chelsea's Ashley Cole is a recent convert to Twitter but has already caused controversy, taunting fans from former club Arsenal over how many trophies he's won since swapping North London for West. AFP/Getty Images
Even some Premier League managers have taken to Twitter. Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is on board and took to his page to thank the club's fans after he was sacked in May. Getty Images
Neither Rooney nor Ferdinand can rival the popularity of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo though. The Portugal star currently has 11.8 million followers, and rising. Getty Images