Cristiano Ronaldo Is the No. 1 Athlete on Zimbio's '50 Most Influential Celebs Online'

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Soccer may be an outlier sport when it comes to its popularity in the US, but the US only accounts for a fraction of sports fans when you look at the global market. Which explains why Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo wields such sway when it comes to social media. He just landed behind rapper Lil Wayne as the No. 9 Most Influential Celeb Online according to

And the rank isn't just arbitrary — it's science! Zimbio looked at the stats behind 160 top celebs' Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube accounts along with each of their scores with online influence calculator Klout and distilled that information into a simple scoring system to determine our top 50 influencers. Thanks to his international appeal and fourth most trafficked Facebook page, Ronaldo beat out the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and fellow soccer star David Beckham.

Europe's most famous soccer players rarely develop a following in the US, but Cristiano Ronaldo has proven to be the exception to the rule. The shrewd athlete and self-promoter has used Twitter and Facebook to connect with fans globally. It probably doesn't hurt that he's got supermodel good looks to go with his pro athlete status.

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