Say it ain't so: The National Football League has been knocked off its micro-blogging throne.

Eli Manning's last-second drive to secure a New York Giants win over the New England Patriots in this year's Super Bowl had set the world record of 12,233 tweets per second.

However, as they say in sports, records are made to be broken.

This week's Champions League match between Barcelona and Chelsea shattered the mark with a mind-boggling 13,684 tweets per second. Twitter reports the soccer game set a new record for most tweets during a sporting event.

It's not just soccer matches that dominate the NFL when it comes to Twitter, the players are also much more popular.

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known to fans as Kaka, became the first athlete with 10 million Twitter followers. The 30-year-old Brazilian midfielder plays for Real Madrid and his country's national team.

Kaka's twitter profile says he's a "Christian, husband and father who loves football" and he sends out messages to his followers in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Despite his success, Kaka has a ways to go in order to catch Lady Gaga. The singer has over 23 million followers, making her the world's Queen of Twitter, just ahead of Justin Bieber.

By the way, LeBron James reportedly has the most followers of any active American athlete. However, the Miami Heat star is a stunning 131 percent behind the soccer icon in terms of fans. LeBron tweets to 4.3 million followers.

Soccer is called the world's game, and now it's officially the king of Twitter.

-- Follow Ben Maller on Twitter @BenMaller.

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