Stars in social networks… not in sports

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In the era of the Social Mediawhether we like it or not, it has done the custom that the success or value of something is measured by the amount of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social networks.

The sport is not exempt from this trend.

In fact, the number of followers it has become an important parameter in the rankings for sports are made to determine, not only the most popular players, but, and cuestionablemente, the best.

But let’s go to the end, amount not necessarily have to be directly proportional to stardom (and quality). Review the content in social networks of some “influencers”then make your own conclusions.

The balance quality athletic popularity of the sport and the number of followers go quite hand in hand. The fans use the networks to get closer to their idols, and… vice versa. Hence, it is logical that the “heavy hitters” in social networks are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, LeBron James or Serena Williams, of the best athletes in their disciplines, which in turn are one of the most popular on the planet.

But as every rule has its exception, not all the stars in social media have similar relevance in the sports scene, which does not mean that they are a few “packages”.

Will depend on, among several factors, from how active he is in their networks, the athlete, their geographical region, their physical attractiveness and popularity of the sport.

Here you will a quartet of top-level athletes that stand out more by their social networks that by their actions in sport.

4. Allison Stokke (Athletics): This girl became viral when a fan posted a photo of her prior to an attempt the pole vault. Her physical beauty was shocked and from that moment changed his life. From followers up to bullies, of all happened with Stokke as he chased his dream of representing the united States in the Olympic Games. If your celebrity came without trying, it now has more than half a million followers on Instagram, the slender girl could not classify the London 2012 Olympic and sporting results are far from being in the elite.

3. Kike Hernandez (Baseball): It is a utility of great value to The los Angeles Dodgers. Although until now has not been able to establish itself as a holder of full-time. Kike, who is puerto rican, is a sensation in the networks by the humor and creativity of their posts. Until now has almost 900 thousand followers between Instagram and Twitter.

Enrique “Kike” Hernandez, the utility of the Dodgers, has earned a strong base of fans with its quirky and funny stories in social media. Getty Images

2. Jeremy Lin (Basketball): I make an exception with the base chinese who played in the NBA and now plays in the league of your country. It became famous for back in 2012 with a period of spectacular for the The New York Knicks. The media coined that stage as ‘Linsanity’. Playing in New York and being the first american descendent of the chinese or taiwanese, he achieved great support from the homeland of their parents. But his “peak” lasted very little. He walked as one of the heap in the league. At least they overtook him to win a ring champion with the Toronto Raptors in the season 2018-19, although barely played in the playoffs. Now Lin plays for the Beijing Ducks and follow him on Twitter 2.5 million, and Instagram to 1.9 million. Not bad for an average player.

Jeremy Lin became famous with the Knicks, and the stage that became known as Linsanity, then won the NBA with Raptors, but is far from being a star of the sport. Getty

1. Tim Tebow (NFL/MiLB): The former quarterback was a big football star in his time schoolboy. With Florida University became the first second-year player to win the Heisman Trophy (2006). Your step to the NFL with the Denver Broncos augured a promising future, but fell on duty and after just playing with the New York Jets, England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, his agent announced in 2016 that his guardian would pursue a career in professional baseball. He signed with the New York Mets, and until now has not been able to get out of the minor leagues. However, their fan base is 4.7 million on Twitter and 2.1 million on Instagram.