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20 Most Popular Sports Teams on Facebook?

Who are the most popular sports franchises around the globe? It's difficult to say considering the many factors used to answer such a question: ticket sales, TV viewership, merchandise sold, etc. But here's another method: Ask the Almighty Facebook. The Independent in Britain -- by way of famecount.com -- looked at sports teams' pages and determined the 20 most popular franchises on the planet. Stats were compiled Sept. 16, 2010.

1. GALATASARAY, Turkey -- football/soccer
Total fans: 4,492,556

2. FC BARCELONA, Spain -- football/soccer
Total fans: 4,464,641

3. REAL MADRID, Spain -- football/soccer
Total fans: 3,580,163

4. FENERBAHCE, Turkey -- football/soccer
Total fans: 3,010,264

5. L.A. LAKERS, United States -- basketball
Total fans: 2,920,109

6. MANCHESTER UNITED, England -- football/soccer
Total fans: 2,417,690

7. LIVERPOOL FC, England -- football/soccer
Total fans: 2,406,744

8. NEW YORK YANKEES, United States -- baseball
Total fans: 2,006,441

9. BESIKTAS, Turkey -- football/soccer
Total fans: 1,715,125

10. CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB, England -- football/soccer
Total fans: 1,550,475

11. ARSENAL FC, England -- football/soccer
Total fans: 1,477,677

12. BOSTON CELTICS, United States -- basketball
Total fans: 1,474,064

13. BOSTON RED SOX, United States -- baseball
Total fans: 1,440,965

14. DALLAS COWBOYS, United States -- American football
Total fans: 1,284,888

15. AC MILAN, Italy -- football/soccer
Total fans: 1,110,433

16. PITTSBURGH STEELERS, United States -- American football
Total fans: 836,820

17. CLUB ATLETICO BOCA JUNIORS, Argentina -- football/soccer
Total fans: 805,405

18. JUVENTUS, Italy -- football/soccer
Total fans: 778,876

19. PERSIB BANDUNG, Indonesia -- football/soccer
Total fans: 731,681

20. CHICAGO CUBS, United States -- baseball
Total fans: 722,559

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