Tuesday 6 December 2016

The first Twitter messages posted by some of our sporting icons

Published 22/03/2016 | 08:38

Some of our biggest stars are regular Twitter users
Some of our biggest stars are regular Twitter users

It has become the social media tool of choice for so many sporting superstars, but some of their first messages on Twitter hardly suggested they would build up such huge followings.

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To toast the tenth birthday of Twitter, here is you Independent.ie guide to some of the more notable debut tweets from some of the biggest names in sport:

Conor McGregor - September 7th 2011

It is fair to say that most fans of the Notorious One were not familiar with his name when he allowed his pal Tommy to tweet out the first message from a Twitter account that now boasts a massive 1.4 million followers. This appears to refer to McGregor being too bust to tweet as he was in the midst of a fight in the Cage Warriors European martial arts series. The UFC was still a dream at this stage:


Cristiano Ronaldo - June 15th 2010 The Real Madrid superstar has built up a massive 41.2 millon following on Twitter, but it all started with this less than exciting tweet a little under six years ago:



Wayne Rooney - April 23rd 2011 Manchester United striker Rooney appeared to believe he was offering up a private message to his team-mate Rio Ferdinand as he tried to arrange a lift to training, unaware that this tweet was instantly seen by millions. He currently has 12.7m followers on Twitter:


Gary Lineker - January 22nd 2012 Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Lineker blamed his son for his decision to join Twitter, but he has become one of the more prominent sporting voices on the social media platform as he has built up a loyal 4.76m following:



Cesc Fabregas - September 2nd 2010 Fabregas was an Arsenal player when he offered up a first tweet proclaiming his excitement at reaching 800 followers and as he approaches his sixth year on Twitter, the Chelsea star has reached 8.26 million admirers. This was his first message:



Rio Ferdinand - June 15th 2010 Ferdinand was in the prime of his career at Manchester United when he launched his official Twitter page and it has proved to be a huge hit, attracting 6.82 million followers. This is how it all started for the former England captain:



Roger Federer - May 23rd 2013 Tennis icon Rodger Federer was something of a latecomer to Twitter, but his first tweet was ambitious as it included a selfie image. He has built up a following of 4.6 million in nearly three years since this first tweet:



Lance Armstrong - October 15th 2008 Much has changed for the fallen giant of cycling since his first Twitter message, yet he still commands a following of 3.84 million despite his fall from grace after he admitted to being a drug cheat. Here is his first message:



Brian O’Driscoll - January 20th 2010 The first tweet of Irish rugby icon O’Driscoll hardly set the pulses racing, with just two retweets for a message that promised more for his army of fans who started to follow the Leinster legend on Twitter. He now has more than 676,000 followers and this is how it started:



Colm Cooper - February 8th 2012 “The Gooch” embraced Twitter four years ago and he has proved to be a popular account to follow. Here’s how it all started for the Kerry great:


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