As Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t tend to stop in growing his social media presence and Messi being on the second position overtaking Neymar, but who else makes it to the top 11 list?
If you ask three football fans about their favorite football player there are chances you’ll get three different answers.
The Juventus forward is by far the most followed athlete on Instagram, where his everyday life photos have attracted more than 180 million followers as of December 2019. That puts him 40 million ahead of Messi and 50 million ahead of Neymar.
Without wasting further time let’s dig into the top 11 most followed profiles of football players on Instagram.
- 1 Most Followed Football Players on Instagram
- 1.1 11. Luis Suarez (38.1 Million)
- 1.2 10. Paul Pogba (41.5 Million)
- 1.3 9. Gareth Bale (43.1 Million)
- 1.4 8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (43.8 Million)
- 1.5 7. Marcelo Vieira Jr. (45.1 Million) – Most Followed Footballer
- 1.6 6. James Rodriguez (45.9 Million)
- 1.7 5. Ronaldinho (51.4 Million)
- 1.8 4. David Beckham (63.9 Million) – Most Followed Footballer on Instagram
- 1.9 3. Neymar (140 Million)
- 1.10 2. Messi (162 Million)
- 1.11 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (236 Million) – Most Followed Footballer
Most Followed Football Players on Instagram
11. Luis Suarez (38.1 Million)
The Uruguayan striker makes it to the 11th position by having a fan base 38.1 million followers on Instagram. Luis Suarez has 59 International goals under his name in just 113 appearances for Uruguay and making him the 6th highest active international goal scorer.
10. Paul Pogba (41.5 Million)
The 2018 World Cup winner makes it to the list at no. 10 with having 3.4 million users more than Luis Suarez. Pogba also won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013 which was in Turkey. The 26-year old gained a huge fan following on the field too as he can change the course of the game any sort of time.
9. Gareth Bale (43.1 Million)
The Welshman is known for his pace and by the shooting power. Gareth Bale’s career took a hike when he scored a hat-trick against the European champions Inter Milan in the Champions League and in 2012 help Tottenham mark their first-ever win at Old Trafford since 1989. Bale became the record transfer in world football when Read Madrid signed him at a record fee of £85.1 million in 2013.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (43.8 Million)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no doubt one of the world’s best players in the world and is also famous for his witty comments. He gained limelight when he scored a 30-yard bicycle kick against England in a friendly match in 2012. At the age of 38, he never fails to amaze us and his career has been amazing where he has 371 goals in just 574 games.
7. Marcelo Vieira Jr. (45.1 Million) – Most Followed Footballer
Marcelo Vieira is without a doubt one of the best left-back in football. He signed for Real Madrid in 2006 and since then has been a part of the clubs ups and downs. He is also been in FIFA FIFPro World11 for a consecutive 5 years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Marcelo’s speed running across the field, defense, and attack have made him a very important player for Real Madrid.
6. James Rodriguez (45.9 Million)
Colombian International takes the 6th spot on the list by having 800K more followers than Marcelo. James Rodriguez’s performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup made him the talk of the year where he scored a mind-blowing goal against Uruguay and won the Golden Boot in 2014 World Cup. After the World Cup, Real Madrid signed him for £63 million from Monaco. James started to gain popularity from the 2014 World Cup and it kept on increasing since then.
5. Ronaldinho (51.4 Million)
The Brazilian magician is often considered as one of the best of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time. Ronaldinho is also the ambassador of Barcelona. In his footballing career, the Brazilian got a lot of respect from around the world and has also been able to bag 33 goals from his 97 appearances for Brazil.
4. David Beckham (63.9 Million) – Most Followed Footballer on Instagram
David Beckham is the style icon for today’s youth and is one of the most loved footballers by fans around the world. By looking at his profile who would think that Beckham is at an age of 44 years. The English football was part of the famous 1999 Champions League win by Manchester United against Bayern Munich.
3. Neymar (140 Million)
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or let’s just say Neymar is one of the best footballers by far of this generation. The 28-year old footballing skills are just a treat to watch for every football fan and is also a treble winner with Barcelona in 2014-15 season. Neymar’s run in football has just been mind-blowing where in just 277 appearances he has managed to score 169 goals. Neymar holds the 4th position in active International goal scorers with 61 goals.
2. Messi (162 Million)
Lionel Messi the 6th time Ballon d’Or winner is by far the best footballer in the history of football. His rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is just something else, where both the players try to bring out the best of one another. The Argentine has been playing from Barcelona since he was a kid and now is the club’s legend. Messi is the all-time top scorer for FC Barcelona by netting 455 goals in just 517 appearances. In International football, Messi stands on the 3rd spot in the table of active International goal scorers with 70 goals just 2 goals behind the Indian National Football Team captain Sunil Chhetri who holds the 2nd position with 72 goals.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (236 Million) – Most Followed Footballer
Cristiano Ronaldo is known as the giant of football along with Messi. He was the first Portuguese player to be signed by Manchester United. In 2009, Ronaldo even won the Puskas award by scoring a free-kick from 40 yards out against Porto. Ronaldo is 5 times winner of Ballon d’Or and also the all-time top scorer for Real Madrid with 311 goals in just 292 appearances. Ronaldo also holds the top position in the most active international goal scorers with 99 goals.