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Essential Follows: Here are 50 footballers to follow on Twitter
The last in our series looks at the most fascinating soccer players on the site.
Joey BartonWorth following purely for the frequent hilarity he provides.
Wayne RooneyNot only is Wayne Rooney an exceptional footballer, he also has a terrific taste in TV shows.
Noel HuntThe Irishman comes across as one of the most likable footballers on Twitter.
Emma ByrneA star of women's football, Emma Byrne is also an endearing Twitter presence.
Rio FerdinandAlways fascinating to hear his views on modern problems in football, such as racism. His tweets lambasting Sepp Blatter and UEFA on the issue have been especially well documented.
Keith FaheyStill very much attached to his League of Ireland roots as his avatar suggests, Fahey is also worth following for those with an interest in the national side.
Gary TwiggThe Shamrock Rovers legend is also one of the wittier footballers on Twitter.
Cesc FabregasOne of the best footballers on the planet, Fabregas' opinion is therefore very much worth listening to.
Cristiano RonaldoIt doesn't matter what you think of his personality, there's no doubting Ronaldo is one of the most authoritative figures in the sport.
Karl MooreIt's refreshing to follow a footballer such as Moore, who seems as down to earth as the average person.
Sean St LedgerNever short of an opinion, irrespective of whether the subject is the Irish team or X Factor.
David MeylerA highly touted Irish midfielder, and a prolific and engaging tweeter to boot.
Lucas LeivaInterestingly, Lucas Leiva is not afraid of mocking his teammates on the site.
Karl SheppardWant to keep an eye on Sheppard's progress with Reading? Following his Twitter isn't a bad way of going about it.
Ciaran KilduffIf you're a fan of the League of Ireland, or indeed Nicki Minaj, you'll probably want to follow Ciaran Kilduff.
Chris ForresterOne of the Airtricity League's hottest properties, follow Chris Forrester before he gets famous.
Sean GannonThose who derive therapeutic value from playing FIFA will no doubt relate to Sean Gannon.
Giuseppe RossiThe Italian footballer is possibly the funniest athlete on Twitter.
Gareth BaleGareth Bale may not have Fantasy Football psychic powers, but he's worth a follow nonetheless.
Shane DuffyThe potential heir to Richard Dunne in the Irish team also excels at Twitter banter.
Phil NevilleDeserves to be followed largely for the amusing conversations with his brother Gary.
Shay GivenAbove all, Given is better than most athletes at interacting with sports fans.
Anthony StokesStokes often comes across as intelligent and rarely minces his words.
Robin van PersieUnited and computer games obsessives are advised to follow RVP if they aren't already.
Simon CoxHe may not be the best footballer in the world, but Cox's tweets are rarely less than amusing.
Ashley ColeOne of the more impulsive tweeters out there, which is a good thing for those who like controversy, but obviously less than ideal for Cole himself.
Tom HuddlestoneAnyone who disapproves of Lance Armstrong can't be too bad, right?
Daryl KavanaghDo you enjoy cheesy TV and watching Cork City? Right this way.
Evan McMillanNot as guarded as the average footballer, which makes Evan McMillan far more interesting to follow, naturally.
Jake CarrollIf you're looking for a footballer who will most likely tweet you back, Jake Carroll is your man.
Danny NorthOne of the best players in the League of Ireland right now, and thus unsurprisingly, one of the most popular LOI footballers on Twitter.
Ger O'BrienThe Pat's player has some interesting views on the Irish game.
Conan ByrneFans of Irish football, and paticularly St Pat's, will want to follow Byrne.
KakaAlmost 14 million people follow Kaka. If you're not one of them, what are you waiting for?
Rohan RickettsFortunately, there are some footballers such as Rohan Ricketts who don't come across as being entirely vacuous.
Glen JohnsonDon't hesitate to follow Glen Johnson, unless you're a Spelling/Grammar Nazi.
Brad FriedelFollow Brad Friedel's Twitter account for some begrudged appraisals of Hugo Lloris' performances, among other topics.
Anita AsanteWomen's football aficionados need to get following the England international.
SandroTottenham fans will be interested to hear what their classy Brazilian midfielder has to say.
Darron GibsonHaving quit Twitter abruptly after joining initially, the midfielder is back on the site and more comfortable with it, thanks to his growing success at Everton.
Gary RogersThe Sligo goalkeeper is not averse to controversial opinions (see above).
Conor HendersonThe Arsenal youngster could well be Irish football's next big thing, so get following.
Luis SuarezLove or loathe him, Suarez is at the very least a fascinating individual.
Maurice EduThe USA international is far less cliched and boring than most athletes.
Gerard PiquéOne of the most decorated footballers around, Piqué is consequently one of the most influential sporting voices on Twitter.
Jan VertonghenLikes tweeting quirky photos of his Belgian teammates, among other things.
Vincent KompanyMan City fans will want to follow sports nerd and central defender extraordinaire, Vincent Kompany.
Wayne RoutledgeUnlike many footballers, Routledge is actually quite good at interacting with members of the general public.
Michael OwenOwen obviously spends more time tweeting than playing these days, but he remains an interesting and provocative footballing voice.
Joshua KingAnyone looking for an insight into life as an up-and-coming Premier League footballer should follow Man United's Joshua King.
Who have we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.
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