Arsenal are most tattooed team in Premier League but miles behind Juventus and River Plate as fans go mad for inkings

ARSENAL are the most tattooed team in the Premier League… but are way behind Juventus and River Plate.

It is estimated 1,939 Gunners supporters have got themselves inked with a tattoo related to their beloved club.

However, in front of Arsenal, Juventus lead the way out in front with 4,881 with Argentine giants River Plate on 2,076.

Second in England and fourth in the world is Liverpool on 1,116 – the only other club to break into four figures.

That is according to research from GoodLuckMate, who analysed Instagram hashtags to gather information about fans' tatts and calculated the number of posts with team tattoos – the actual figure is therefore likely to be far higher for each club.

Roma, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Boca Juniors are next on the list with London rivals Tottenham and West Ham completing the top ten.

In the UK, Celtic (eighth) and Rangers (12th) join 13 Premier League sides in the top 15.

Manchester United come in fifth on 240 before a big drop to West Brom (89) and Leeds (78).

Leicester are ninth with King Power Stadium drummer and die-hard fan Lee Jobber among their most famous inked supporters, including a massive club crest across his back.

Aston Villa, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Newcastle and Crystal Palace complete the 15 British sides – although Jose Mourinho alone would go 12th in the list on his own… from just one superfan.

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Top 15 Most Inked Football Clubs in UK

  1. Arsenal -1,939
  2. Liverpool – 1,116
  3. Tottenham – 344
  4. West Ham – 307
  5. Manchester United – 240
  6. West Brom – 89
  7. Leeds United – 78
  8. Celtic – 71
  9. Leicester City – 51
  10. Aston Villa – 48
  11. Manchester City – 43
  12. Rangers – 30
  13. Sheffield United – 28
  14. Newcastle United – 26
  15. Crystal Palace – 25

That is because retired teaching assistant Viv Bodycote from Leicestershire has a staggering 38 inkings of The Special One, spending around £2,000.

On the player front, Lionel Messi is the most tattooed footballer with 2,193.

Neymar (1,690) came in second ahead of Diego Maradona (1,530) and Cristiano Ronaldo (824).

David Beckham, himself plastered in various awesome tattoos, is ninth with 279 posts related to fans getting him tattooed on their body.

Meanwhile, many of the world's best players have got themselves inked, too – with some poignant and heartfelt meanings behind the designs.

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