Barcelona exposure brings new army of fans to Leeds United as 17-million followed Instagram ace hails Junior Firpo's Whites move

Junior Firpo's €15m transfer to Leeds United from Barcelona has been hailed by a selection of footballing stars across Europe.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 5:52 pm

Dominican Republic-born left back Firpo has joined the Whites on a four-year deal and the 24-year-old took to his social media pages to declare his excitement at the move.

Former Spain under-21s international Firpo has 708,000 followers on Instagram - almost as many as Leeds United s official account itself which has 751,000.

Shortly after signing for Leeds, Firpo posted a photograph of himself in Whites training gear beside the club honours board accompanied with United's motto of 'Marching On Together.'

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

THUMBS UP: From former Barcelona and Croatia international midfield star Ivan Rakitic, above, for Junior Firpo's switch from Camp Nou to Leeds United. Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images.

The post received close to 100,000 likes and over 1,000 comments, including from Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong who represented his country at this summer's Euros and started all four games and has 8.9 million followers on 'Insta'.

De Jong, of Barcelona, was a team mate of Firpo's and replied with a flexed muscle emoji as part of a variety of posts from footballing stars.

Sevilla's former Barcelona and Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic who has a whopping 17.1 million followers on Instagram replied with "bien nino, enhorabuena" or "well boy, congratulations" whilst highly rated Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba also took to Instagram.

The 18-year-old posted "suerte mio personal" or "my best of luck" and the good wishes are likely to continue over the next few days to a player who arrives at Leeds with nearly twice as many Instagram followers than United's record signing and new teammate Rodrigo.

Real Betis centre-back and Spanish international Marc Barta, who has 6.8 million followers on Instagram, replied with "mucha suerte pantera dale duro" or "good luck partner hit it hard" - and Firpo is already setting his sights on European qualification with the Whites.

A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890.

We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Click here to subscribe.

For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you Laura Collins