Rio Ferdinand has smashed through the 1 million Twitter followers barrier.

After months of friend begging, the Manchester United footballer joins the higher echelons of Twitter celebs who have gone a milli.!/rioferdy5/status/69407124429611008

Christmas must have come early for Rio because not only does he have more followers than Lord Alan Sugar, he has also just earned Manchester United’s record 19th league title.

So how did he do it? Was it all his pleading over the last few months? Or maybe it was the scandal that surrounded the stalker story, publicity stunt was it?

Only three other footballers in the world have more Twitter followers than Rio Ferdinand: Kaka (3.8m), Cristiano Ronaldo (2.8m) and Andres Iniesta (1.1m).

Rio now has the title as the most popular English footballer on Twitter. Well done mate!

Rio (semi-naked) celebrating his victory today