As arguably the best footballer on the planet and certainly the only player that can come close to the social media presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, it is a surprise that Leo Messi is not on Twitter.
Leo Messi has over 59 million followers on Instagram and 87 million on Facebook.
These are hugely impressive follower numbers and only Cristiano Ronaldo betters Messi in these stakes when it comes to modern day footballers. Indeed footballers of all time.
On Saturday a new Leo Messi account sprung up on Twitter: @10LeoMessiOk.
It purported to be real and started gaining traction amongst Twitter’s football community.
Indeed, this account is now followed by Messi’s Argentina team-mate Erik Lamela and Associated Press reporter Rob Harris.
However, the new Messi account is a fake one which duped over 30,000 followers in just a few hours.
Now the @10LeoMessiOk account has reverted back to its former name @ChisteyFrasesOK, but some of the Messi posts can still be seen.
It now appears that Messi’s social media team have instructed the Spanish media to put the word out regarding this fake Twitter account.
The Messi account was able to flourish due to the blue tick this account has which begs the question if this was a design dupe by the account holders or a Twitter mistake.