Kaká becomes first athlete to gain 10m Twitter followers | inside World Soccer

Brazil and Real Madrid star Kaká has become the first athlete to amass 10 million followers on Twitter, making him only the sixteenth person in the world to pass the benchmark.

Kaká is the new king of the sporting Twittersphere
Kaká is the new king of the sporting Twittersphere

Photo: @KAKA

After reaching the social media milestone, he decided to tweet about it, of course.

The 30-year-old midfielder, though, has some way to go before catching Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, who each have more than 20 million followers.

Close behind him in the most-followed athlete on the social networking site is Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently broke the 9-million barrier.

Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal is the only other athlete that made the list of the top 60 followed people with 5.5 million followers.

Kaká describes himself on Twitter as "Christian, husband and father who loves football". And with an angelic smile on his avatar, he lives up to his squeaky clean image, particularly in comparison to the celebrity-driven lifestyle of most of today's footballers.

The former AC Milan player appears to take a more personal approach to connecting with fans on social media.

Kaká shares personal photos from his Instagram account, posting photos of himself and team-mates, and also often tweets in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

He even personally thanked a stream of well-wishers who congratulated him on his 30th birthday on Sunday.

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