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Top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram

Football is among the most popular sport in the world and the players are worshipped like gods by their fans. Here we bring you the list of top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram.

Last updated: 21.05.2021
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Football is the most popular game in the world in comparison to other games. So when it comes down to popularity, hands down, it has to be football. The viewership of football is massive and teams and players of the game are worshipped like gods. This popularity extends to social media as well. Teams like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus have the most interactions on social media and have a huge fan following on different platforms. 

Here we bring you the list of the top ten most followed footballers on Instagram:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


It had to be Cristiano on top here. When it comes to brand and endorsements, Cristiano has always been on top of those lists. Not just among footballers, in fact, he is the most followed person on Instagram right now. He currently plies his trade at Italian club Juventus and has been the top scorer in Serie A this season. He has won a total of five Champions League titles in his career and a UEFA Euro Championship. He also has the record of winning league titles in four different countries around Europe.

2. Lionel Messi

Any list would be incomplete without Messi in it as he is regarded as the most complete player football has ever seen. Arguably the greatest player to ever play football, Messi is behind Cristiano in the most followed list. He has won four Champions League titles with his club Barcelona and has been with the club for two decades. This season he is the top scorer of La Liga despite his club performing poorly.

3. Neymar Jr.

Another top player, Neymar has been a sensation in football. He is not just one of the best players in football but also among the most popular ones. His Instagram is a reflection of that. He has won several trophies in Brazil, Spain and France throughout his career and continues to do so. He is just behind Pele in the number of goals scored for his country. He is among the three footballers who have more than 100 million followers on Instagram.

4. Kylian Mbappe

The young Frenchman is also among the most popular players out there. After winning the World Cup at the age of 18, Mbappe has been touted as the successor of Cristiano Ronaldo, his idol. He has won several trophies for AS Monaco and PSG so far. With age on his side, he is set to win more trophies.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The AC Milan forward is still going on at the age of 39 and has just extended his contract for one more season. He has played for Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, LA Galaxy in his 21-year-old career. He has also made more than 100 appearances for Sweden. He has also bought 23.5% of shares in Swedish club Hammarby.

6. Marcelo

One of the best-left backs in the history of the game, Marcelo has won it all. He has a lot of fan following in Spain as well as Brazil. He formed a lethal duo with Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid and helped the team win so many trophies. However, he currently is out of favour at the club.

7. James Rodriguez

 The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner, James Rodriguez currently plies his trade at Everton. He has played for some big clubs in his career and has a lot of popularity off the field. The 29-year-old Colombian has won two Champions League titles, one Europa League title and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

8. Paul Pogba

Pogba is among the most popular players in the world. The talented midfielder is the most expensive transfer in the Premier League when he joined his boyhood club Manchester United from Juventus. He was an integral part of the France squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has won several trophies in his club career as well including the Europa League and Serie A.

9. Sergio Ramos

The Spanish National Team skipper has been touted by many as the best defender of this generation. In his 17-year-old career, he has won a World Cup, two Euros, four Champions League, five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey among others. He is very popular on social media and is the most followed Spanish footballer on Instagram.

10. Gareth Bale

The Welsh forward is currently on loan at Tottenham, his former club. While he may have fallen from grace at Real Madrid, but he is still very popular on social media. After breaking through at Tottenham, he joined Real Madrid on a world-record transfer fee. But injuries ruined his career at Madrid. Despite that, he has won many trophies in his career.



Followers on Instagram


Cristiano Ronaldo

287 million


Lionel Messi

207 million


Neymar Jr.

150 million


Kylian Mbappe

51 million


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

47.4 million



47 million


James Rodriguez

46.5 million


Paul Pogba

44.2 million


Sergio Ramos

44.1 million


Gareth Bale

43.7 million

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