Footballers can be great athletes on the pitch but off the pitch, some have proven to be big-time celebrities, here is a list of the top 10 most followed footballers on social media.
Social media can mean anything to different people. While some see it as a recreational zone, others take it as a business zone. However and whichever approach you take towards it, it definitely will meet your needs, athletes inclusive.
Recently, Juventus star and five times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo ranked first on the list of Instagram top earners with whooping followers numbering over 300 million.
The Portuguese skipper has maintained the number one spot on the list of top 10 most followed footballers on social media for over 3 threes in a row.
It is true that soccer attracts lots of attention, so are the stars, therefore we have taken time to compile the list of the top 10 most followed footballers on social media.
The Top 10 Most followed Footballers on Social Media
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messi
- Neymar Jr
- David Beckham
- James Rodriguez
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Gareth Bale
- Andres Iniesta
- Sergio Ramos
The five time ballon d’Or winner who plays in the forward position for Seria A side Juventus and also the captian of the Portugues National team has the most number of Instagram followers, recently he emerged the #1 on the Instagram rich list 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played for different club sides across Europe and has won major trophies with every club he ever played for as well as national team trophies.
His followers on Instagram is about 314 million and a combined number of over 420 million across all social media network.
While he is regarded as the greatest player of all times the Argentine skipper and Barcelona star does not rank with his Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of top 10 most followed Footballers on Social media. However he come second.
The six times ballon d’Or winner was awarded the Laureus Worlds Sportsman Of the year 2020 and recently led the Argentine team to their first Copa America trophy in 28 years.
Messi followers on Instagram is a little over 200 million followers and a combined number of about 290 million followers across all social media platforms.
Neymar’s move to Paris St. Germain in 2017 triggered a world record signing that put hima as the most expensive player in the world. He has a large fan base that cuts across Brazil, Spain and France etc.
His Instagram followers are about 154 million and he is also in the list of top 100 most influential people in the world.
His combined followers across all social media platform runs in numbers of about 243 million.
After his time playing for different teams across Europe and the United States, David Beckham has remained famous even after retirement.
Some authorities suggest that he would have been top on the list if social was as useful 20 years ago as it is now. However, he is top on the list of most popular retired players on social media.
He has a combined followers on twitter and Instagram running in numbers of over 120 million.
The two times Ballon d’Or winner is renowned for his technical skils and accuracy in set pieces. Though retired but his popularity is yet on the increase and is not deemed to slack in the years to come.
He currently has over 56 million followers on Instagram and over 106 million follwers on across all social media platforms.
His performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup shot him into limelight and an increased in the number of followers across all social media platforms. He is a quality player with good technical skills.
Currently his followers on Instagram is about 47 million and over 95 million when comibined with Facebook and Twitter.
He is considered to be one of the best strikers and most adored footballer of all time, having proved himself across different teams in Europe with about 31 trophies to his name.
Zlatan has over 48 million followers on Instagram.
Gareth Bale have been influential at Santiago Bernabeu, having been directly involved in most of the club’s trophies several years.
Though he has more followers on Instagram than most other social media the combined followers is a little over 88 million.
Iniesta is regarded one of the best midfielders in the history of football. He helped Barcelona win many trophies and represented his national team at different levels during his career.
Though, he may not have as many Instagram followers a Mbappe and Paul pogba, his other social media accounts is just enough to compliment the deficit on IG. Hence, he has a total number of followers of about 84 million across all social media platforms.
One of the best defenders from Spain, he has won almost every trophy for a player except the olympics.
The central defender who signed for Paris St. Germain in 2021, is recorded to be one of the most booked player in the history of football.
Aside from his prowess on the pitch, he is also doing well on social media with over 38 million followers on Instagram and over 78 million combined followers across different social media platforms.