Move over football, soccer is taking over Twitter.
The Champions League, soccer's marquee tournament, has surpassed America's biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl, in the Twitterverse.
The social-media company said Wednesday that Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second-leg match between Barcelona and Chelsea broke the tweets-per-second record for a sporting event.
Twitter said activity during the game -- a 2-2 draw that saw Chelsea progress to the final after winning the first leg in London 1-0 -- peaked at 13,684 messages per second. That beat out the previous record for a sporting event, the 12,233 tweets per second during the climax of February's Super Bowl between the NFL's New York Giants and New England Patriots, which saw New York win 21-17 after scoring a touchdown with less a minute remaining.
The Super Bowl saw a total 13.7 million tweets. A Twitter spokesman said the company did not calculate the total number of messages sent during Tuesday's soccer match.
The tweets-per-second metric reflects the rapid rise of Twitter use: During 2008's Super Bowl the rate peaked at 27, while the peak for 2011's game was 4,064.
Soccer taking over twitter should come as no surprise as the sport has the world’s most followed athlete on the social media site.
Known as the king of the sporting Twittersphere, Brazilian soccer star and Real Madrid midfielder Kaká became the first athlete to amass 10 million followers on the social networking site on Wednesday.
"Thank youuuuu. To celebrate I'll make a twitcam" wrote the 30-year-old Kaká, who at the last count had 10,012,862 Twitter fans.
He's nowhere close to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber — who each have more than 20 million followers — but it's not a bad haul for a player whose career appears to be on the wane after becoming a superstar in a golden six-year stint at AC Milan in Italy.
Kaká describes himself as a "Christian, husband and father who loves football" and tweets in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
With Reporting by the Associated Press.