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Athletes and Instagram

Who are the most popular sports champions on Instagram? Here we have put together the top 10 of the most active athletes with the highest number of followers from all over the world. Naturally we see some of the world’s top footballers making the list but there are some surprises.

Most popular athletes on Instagram in 2018

  • Cristiano Ronaldo @cristiano star of Portuguese football, five times Golden Ball winner, stands out clearly with 134 million followers (more than the inhabitants of Japan!), which allow him to be the fourth absolute world Instagrammer, third among personal profiles (in first place there is the official profile of Instagram, with 242 million followers);
  • Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. @neymarjr Brazilian footballer, with 99.5 million followers;
  • Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, called Leo @leomessi Argentinian footballer, five times Golden Ball winner, with 89.4 million followers, last of the "Martians" well over the threshold of 60 million followers (the population of Italy);
  • James David Rodriguez Rubio @jamesrodriguez10 Colombian footballer, with 38.7 million followers;
  • LeBron Raymon James @kingjames unique non-top ten footballer, American basketball star, with 39.3 million followers;
  • Gareth Frank Bale @garethbale11 Welsh footballer, with 35.1 million followers;
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović @iamzlatanibrahimovic Swedish footballer at the end of his career, with 33.8 million followers;
  • Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz @luissuarez9 Uruguayan footballer, with 28.9 million followers;
  • Marcelo Vieira Da Silva Jr. @marcelotwelve footballer, Brazilian with 28.7 million followers;
  • Sergio Ramos García, Spanish footballer @sergioramos 25.3 million
They are all champions who warm the hearts of fans and show moments of their professional and personal lives and, to the delight of those seeking to learn from their talent, very often post pictures and videos of their training and their path as athletes. Their popularity is influenced not only by their talent, charisma, ability to tell their stories about their world, but also their physical appearance and that of their partners, who often contribute to their fame, as well as their lifestyle and their "legend", which goes far beyond the sports fields, which is why they are the most popular sportsmen on Instagram and are placed in an excellent position among the most popular profiles of the entire social network.

Instagram on the bench

Looking at even more football stars, there are two athletes (the French Paul Labile Pogba, with 24.4 million and the Spanish title Andres Iniesta, with 24 million followers), which precede the second of the non-footballers (the Irish Conor McGregor, athlete of martial arts, with 23.9 million). Worth noting is the 11th place of a cricket star (Indian Virat Kohli, with 22.8 million fans), which puts him surprisingly ahead of other Instagram account champions who are better known from other very popular sports, such as the tennis player Serena Williams (8.7 million followers) or the Italian phenomenon MotoGP rider, Valentino Rossi @valeyellow46. The British champion of Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton, counts 6.7 million and outclasses the other protagonists of the F1 World Championship (to follow him at a distance are the Spanish Alonso and the Australian of Italian origin Ricciardo).

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Most popular sports women on Instagram

Among the women on an international level, the wrestler Ronda Rousey (10.9 million followers) and Alex Morgan, the US national women's football team (5.2 million followers), the US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles (3.3 million followers) and the tennis player Maria Sharapova (3.2 million followers) stand out. Those with over a million followers are the beautiful surfers Anastasia Ashley, Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and skier Lindsey Vonn.

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