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Guess who the most popular athletes on Twitter are...

These are the top 22 sporting tweeps on the planet. And Joey Barton is nowhere to be found.

TWITTER HAS BECOME the main medium for athletes to communicate directly with their fans and some have embraced it more than others.

Back in December, 2010, there were only 17 athletes with one million Twitter followers. A year later, there are now 22 athletes that have already reached the two million follower mark. A few of the names will surprise you. And there might even be one or two of which  you’ve have never heard.

Here is the full breakdown by sports:

Soccer (9), NBA (6), NFL (2), Skateboarding (2), Boxing (1), Cycling (1), Tennis (1).

Guess who the most popular athletes on Twitter are...
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  • 22. Paul Pierce

  • 21. Ryan Sheckler

  • 20. Cesc Fabregas

  • 19. Diego Forlan

  • 18. Reggie Bush

  • 17. Andres Iniesta

  • 16. Floyd Mayweather

  • 15. Serena Williams

  • 14. Lamar Odom

  • 13. Dwayne Wade

  • 12. Wayne Rooney

  • 11. Ronaldo

  • 10. Tony Hawk

  • 9. Ronaldinho

  • 8. Dwight Howard

  • 7. Neymar

  • 6. Chad Ochocinco

  • 5. Lance Armstrong

  • 4. LeBron James

  • 3. Shaquille O'Neal

  • 2. Cristiano Ronaldo

  • 1. Kaka

Data via Tweeting-Athletes.com

Read more at Business Insider

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