Social media is the heart of most footballers’ brands these days. Whether it’s posting a celebratory tweet on Twitter or promoting a product for money, footballers with a strong social media game can earn the big bucks making it an extremely worthwhile venture. Due to how toxic Twitter has become in recent years, especially with tweets associated with football, lots of celebrities predominantly use Instagram as their means of sharing photos and thoughts. So which footballer has the most Instagram followers?
Top 5 most followed footballers on Instagram
5) Ronaldinho (51million) (@ronaldinho)
One of the most enjoyable footballers to watch of all time, it comes as no surprise to see that Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho makes the top five. Fans around the globe adored the skill and flair of the versatile forward. His speed, balance and elegance meant that Ronaldinho was a joy to watch, he made even the simplest step-over mesmerising and a sequence of keepie-uppies astonishing.
Dinho played all over the world and has in turn accumulated many fans, which obviously explains how he has so many followers online. Despite his recent Paraguayan jail spell, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner has remained incredibly popular and his followers can still expect to see shots of the Brazilians iconic smile on their feed. He sits at number five on our list of footballers with the most Instagram followers.
4) David Beckham (64million) (@davidbeckham)
Ever since breaking into the Manchester United team aged just 17 years old, football fans sensed that they would see a lot of him for many years to come. Fast-forward 28 years and David Beckham has lifted trophies all over the world, been the face of several multi-million pound businesses, had video games made after him, built a successful stem of companies and also invested time and wealth into charity, not forgetting building an actual football team too. David Beckham is not just an ex-footballer; he is a brand.
The Inter Miami director and husband of former-Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, scored 97 goals in his 523-game career and made 115 appearances for England, some as captain. Beckham is one of most recognisable faces on the planet and this has consequently led to his Instagram following surpassing 60 million.
3) Neymar Jr (141million) (@neymarjr)
Brazilian wonderkid, Neymar Jr has developed into a household name already, despite being just 28-years-old and only just coming into his prime. The PSG superstar and this year’s Champions League runner-up jumped into the limelight when making a £71.5million switch from boyhood club Santos to FC Barcelona, where he spent the next four years forming an unstoppable strike force with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
After a record-breaking £200million transfer to Paris, the versatile forward has continued to grow in both followers and ability. Neymar has an element of Ronaldinho to his game, opting to humiliate his opponents rather than simply dribble round them, making him both impressive but infuriating to play against. The Brazil captain has scored 61 goals for his country in just 101 appearances, making him both the leader of the country and their best player. On Instagram, loves to post pictures with his endless collection of other famous friends and teammates, as well as flaunting some rather expensive clothing – it’s a page that’s well worth a browse.
2) Lionel Messi (164 million) (@leomessi)
With nearly every individual accolade to his name, including six Ballon d’Ors, Lionel Messi was inevitably going to be near the top of this list. The Argentinian forward is one of the most gifted footballers of all-time, his first touch is deft, his dribbling is silky, and his finishing is impeccable, he’s a defender’s nightmare. A product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia football academy, Messi has taken the footballing world by storm since jumping into the first team set-up at the Nou Camp and his technique alone has led to fans around the world falling in love with him.
Messi’s off-field profile may not be as significant as others on this list, instead he likes to let his ability do the talking. It is undoubtable that Lionel Messi will be spoken about for centuries to come, especially if he manages to win a World Cup with his country, which may lead him to overtaking Diego Maradona in the rankings of all-time Argentinian legends.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (237 million) (@cristiano)
Which footballer has the most Instagram followers in the world? The answer comes as no surprise. Cristiano Ronaldo is not only the most followed footballer on Instagram, he is the most followed person on Instagram, with the only account having more follower being Instagram itself (360million followers)! CR7 has become a media presence due to his passion, arrogance and unbelievable ability.
Wherever Portugal’s captain has played, he has flourished. Sir Alex Ferguson spring boarded the winger’s career back in 2003 when he signed the winger from Sporting CP, moulding him from an above-average player into a world-beater. Ronaldo has won trophies in Portugal, England, Spain and now in Italy, where he is currently playing for Juventus, but that spell may come to an end with rumours circulating that he wants to play elsewhere. Ronaldo’s goalscoring record is absolutely unbelievable.
The blisteringly fast and prolific forward led his nation to victory in the UEFA Nations League and the 2018 Euros, despite a first-half injury limiting him to just 25 minutes, the captain was still influential and spent the entirety of the match shouting orders from the side line and debating tactical decisions with manager Fernando Santos.
At 35-years-old, Ronaldo’s career may be fizzling to an end in the next few years – although he has shown no signs of stopping soon – however with a clothing line, fragrance business and hotel chain under his belt, when he does decide to retire it won’t be the last we hear of the global superstar.
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