Top 20: Athletes with the most followers on social media (2023)


Sport moves passions and it is that it is a source of health, improvement and positivism. Therefore, it is not surprising that the main references of the sport reap several followers in the different social networks. Many use them only to show their day to day, although the most famous also take advantage of this medium to advertise brandsachieving raise millions of dollars.

Who are the most successful? Well, out of 20, 17 are footballers, 2 are basketball players and one is a cricketer. All of male sex. In total, the top athletes add more than 3.739 million followers in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. As for the nationalitiesvary a lot: Argentina, Portugal, Sweden, France, Egypt, Wales, Spain, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, India and Uruguay.

Without further ado, we present to you the 20 most popular athletes on social networks (data as of 12/27/2022).

Top 20 athletes with the most followers on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Virat Kohli LeBron James Ronaldinho David Beckham Karim Benzemá Killian Mbappé Sergio Ramos James Rodriguez Zlatan Ibrahimovic Marcelo Vieira Gareth Bale Andrés Iniesta Mohamed Salah Luis Suárez Stephen Curry Paulo Dybala Antoine Griezmann 1. Cristiano Ronaldo

You may not like football, but the reality is that this footballer does not go unnoticed by anyone, and of course not in the Social Media world either. We are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, who with 787,300,000 is the athlete who leads social networks around the world. He has an intense online life through his Instagram accounts (more than 524 million followers), Facebook (more than 158 million fans) and Twitter (more than 106 million followers), and even has an online clothing store. inside.

2. Lionel Messi

With a low profile and a highly positive image, the new world champion usually shares many posts on Instagram, where he has more than 410 million followers. In spite of not have official TwitterWith its more than 112 million fans on Facebook, it has a total of 522 million followers, ranking second among the most popular athletes.


Another of the best known soccer players (for his exploits on and off the field) is the Brazilian Neymar. He currently wears the 10 for Paris Saint-Germain -sharing a squad with Messi- and has more than 60 million followers on Twitter, more than 90 million fans on Facebook Y more than 199 million on Instagram. A total of 349,600,000 followers. Need I say more?

4. Virat Kohli

Virath Kohli is also a famous cricketer in India. As of December 2021, he is the most popular cricketer on Instagram, where he has 229 million followers. On Twitter he adds 57.7 million and on Facebook, 50 million. He also has his own charitable foundation.

5.LeBron James

Basketball moves crowds in the United States and LeBron James, better known as “King” James, is one of the best-known players in the American country. Currently, he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram he has a total of 219,500,000 followers.


Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is one of the greatest idols of Brazilian soccer. He is currently retired from elite sports, but accumulates a total of 146.7 million followers between Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

7.David Beckham

Beckham is one of the athletes with the greatest media exposure worldwide. In addition to posting frequently on social media, he often does endorsement deals with various brands and maintains an active business life. In fact, he recently signed a million-dollar 10-year contract with the Qatari government to promote the country as a tourist destination. Ranked 7th on our list, the former soccer player of English origin accumulates a total of 132.6 million followers between Facebook and Instagram, since he does not have an official Twitter account.

8. Karim Benzema

This footballer of French nationality and Algerian origin made headlines at the last World Cup since, in addition to not having played in the tournament due to injury, he also announced that he would no longer be part of the French team, where he played as a striker. Currently, he plays for Real Madrid where he became the club’s second all-time top scorer. Karim is also a hit on social media, amassing a total of 125 million followers across his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

9. Killian Mbappe

Considered the best current soccer player by many fans, the French player Killian Mbappé was also a trend in the World Cup, as he scored 3 goals in the final against Argentina. However, that was not enough for him to win the cup and made him an object of ridicule for the albiceleste team. At just 24 years of age, he was the top scorer at Qatar 2022 and is one of the most sought-after players in the world. He currently plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, alongside Messi and Neymar. Between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, he has more than 117.7 million followers.

10. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos is another well-known Spanish footballer, currently a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, who closes our top 10 popular athletes. Between his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts, he has more than 90.3 million fans.

11. James Rodriguez

The first and only footballer of Colombian origin on the list, James Rodriguez plays as a midfielder for the Olympiacos club in the Greek Super League. Currently, its market value is 9 million euros, but from its social networks it can accumulate a much juicier figure in advertising, since it has reached more than 105.3 million people: 19,000,000 on Twitter, 36,000. 000 on Facebook and 50,300,000 on Instagram.

12. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish footballer of Bosnian-Croat descent. Despite his 40 years, he still plays as a striker for Milan in Italy and is considered one of the best strikers of all time. years has given a lot to talk about for his quality of play and for his statements to the press. On social networks he is very popular, accumulating a total of 104.9 million followers between Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

13. Marcelo Vieira

Like Ronaldinho, Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known simply as Marcelo, is a Brazilian nationalized Spanish footballer. He currently shares a squad with James Rodriguez in Olympiacos FC of the Greek Super League and accumulates no less than 100.9 million fans adding his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

14. Gareth Bale

He is the only player of Welsh origin on the list. At 33 years old, he has already become the all-time top scorer for his country’s team, where he is captain. He played for Real Madrid for several years, but currently plays as a striker for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer in the United States. In social networks, he also triumphs, accumulating more than 100.9 million followers between Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Technical draw of fans with Marcelo Vieira.

15. Andres Iniesta

In 15th place we find the Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta, who is currently playing for a team in Japan. In addition to having own website, the athlete has more than 40 million followers on Instagram , more than 25.5 million on Twitter and more than 27 million on Facebook. Also, he has his official YouTube channel with 4,590 subscribers.

16. Mohammed Salah

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly, better known as Mohamed Salah, is an Egyptian footballer who plays as a striker for Liverpool, England, as well as captaining the Egypt national team. He usually posts personal photos on the networks, where he accumulates 88.9 million followers: 17,800,000 on Twitter, 16,000,000 on Facebook, and 55,100,000 on Instagram.

He recently suffered criticism from the Muslim community, who accused him of being a “traitor” to religion after posting images with his wife and two daughters at the foot of a Christmas tree.

17. Luis Suarez

In 17th place appears the only Uruguayan in the top, also a footballer and one of the few who plays in a team from his native country, the National Football Club of the First Division of Uruguay. In addition, he is a forward in the Uruguayan soccer team. Suárez has accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where he has a total of 80.9 million followers.

18. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is one of the top 3 non-soccer exceptions. He is an American basketball player who belongs to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He was also part of the senior Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 world championships. In both editions, the team clinched gold.

On social networks, the athlete has 77.1 million followers: 17,200,000 on Twitter, 12,000,000 on Facebook and 47,900,000 on Instagram.

19.Paulo Dybala

Second Argentine on the list, Paulo Dybala is a young footballer -29 years old- who plays as a striker for Roma, Italy. He is also part of the Argentine team, although in the World Cup in Qatar he only had a brief participation in the final match against France. He frequently posts on social media and is a partner of Oriana Sabatini, an Argentinian model and influencer who also gets along well with the virtual world. Between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Dybala has more than 70.6 million followers.

20. Antoine Griezmann

Closing the top 20 most popular athletes in the world on social networks we find the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, striker for Atlético Madrid. Between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the 31-year-old footballer accumulates a total of 57.5 million followers.

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