Cristiano Ronaldo captains Facebook’s 23-man World Cup squad

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is captain of Facebook's 23-man World Cup compiled on the number of 'likes'

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo Photo: The Sport Review

Cristiano Ronaldo heads Facebook’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup as the most popular footballer on the social network.

With Brazil announcing their 23-man party this week and Roy Hodgson hoping his players remain injury-free before Monday’s England squad announcement, Facebook have pondered what players would be heading to the tournament if the website could pick its own side.

Based on each players’ number of ‘likes’, Ronaldo would captain the squad with over 80 million fans – and while Kaka has not been selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari, he would make the Facebook cut, backed by over 27 million supporters.

It’s worth noting that the squad would be travelling to Brazil with only two defenders (Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos). Attack must really be the best form of defence…

The 23-man Facebook squad

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal – 80,485,658

Lionel Messi – Argentina – 56,493,096

Kaka – Brazil – 27,836,396

Andres Iniesta – Spain – 19,104,382

Wayne Rooney – England – 19,383,939

Mesut Ozil – Germany – 18,459,575

Neymar – Brazil – 21,313,044

Iker Casillas – Spain – 17,451,040

David Villa – Spain – 13,449,707

Ronaldinho – Brazil – 17,542,968

Gerard Pique – Spain – 11,555,922

Karim Benzema – France – 11,555,922

Sergio Ramos – Spain – 10,860,181

Diego Forlan – Uruguay – 4,726,528

Radamel Falcao – Columbia – 8,032,824

Mario Balotelli – Italy – 6,671,946

Angel di Maria – Argentina – 7,332,171

Sergio Aguero – Argentina – 4,872,100

Victor Valdes – Spain – 5,837,225

Luis Suarez – Uruguay – 5,578,645

Robin van Persie – Holland – 8,296,032

Mario Goetze – Germany – 5,199,604

Pedro – Spain – 3,437,934


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