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World Cup Top 10 Forwards

We look at the social influence of forwards

This is the fourth and final part of our series looking at players social influence by their position on the pitch. You can find the first part on World Cup Goalkeepers here, the second part on World Cup Defenders here, and our look at World Cup Midfielders here in our third part. Beyond the Ballon D’or-starring triumvirate that is Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi, the dominance of Argentina is clear to see in this table, with half their attacking options making the grade. Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are of course household names, but Paulo Dybala was more of a surprise, both because of his age and the fact that he plays in the Italian league. Clearly his Instagram account proves to be a wise investment, with almost 17m followers of his exploits. England’s strikers are noticeable by their absence once again, although Harry Kane would have appeared at number 21 if we had shown a list of that length.
1. Sergio Agüero Argentina 34.5m fans 988.0
2. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 343.6m fans 899.1
3. Neymar Brazil 207.7m fans 898.4
4. Lionel Messi Argentina 193.8m fans 897.6
5. Antoine Griezmann France 35.7m fans 888.9
6. Paulo Dybala Argentina 28.6m fans 885.2
7. Robert Lewandowski Poland 24.1m fans 882.3
8. Luis Suárez Uruguay 64.7m fans 879.7
9. Thomas Müller Germany 19.8m fans 876.4
10. Radamel Falcao Colombia 29.7m fans 872.4