Football is known as the beautiful game but it’s also the global game. These 6 players have more followers than most A-list celebrities.
6. Ronaldinho (@ronaldinho)
Although Ronaldinho hasn’t played at the highest level for quite some time, he still attracts a huge fan base.
The former Ballon d’or winner currently has in excess of 38 million followers.
The logical assumption is that most of his followers admired him while at the peak of his powers at Barcelona and for Brazil.
5. James Rodriguez (@jamesrodriguez)
The Colombian play-maker fell out of favour at Real Madrid but his Instagram account is still bursting at the seams.
With a cool 40 million followers, James Rodriguez has amassed similar numbers to that of American basketball guru, Lebron James.
Will the real James please stand up?
4. David Beckham (@davidbeckham)
When most sports stars retire, they tend to become less relevant in terms of global popularity.
This is definitely not the case with the former Manchester United legend as he breaks the 50 million mark in followers.
He’s done unbelievably well building the Beckham brand over the years. More than just a footballer, Beckham became a well-known model and launched his own fragrance line.
He is also now the proud owner of a US Major League Soccer club.
3. Lionel Messi (@leomessi)
The Argentine becomes the first man on the list to break into the 100 million mark.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, it’s easy to see why Messi attracts so many admirers.
Aside from his unbelievable footballing genius, many a fan have been drawn in by his loyalty to FC Barcelona.
In this day and age, a 1 club man is a rarity. For the world’s best footballer to remain at the Catalan club since his teens is even more unbelievable.
2. Neymar (@neymarjr)
The talented Brazilian talisman moved away from Barcelona to step out of Messi’s shadow.
However, Neymar wins the social media battle with a whopping 104 million Instagram followers.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)
Ronaldo is not only the most followed footballer in the world but the most followed person overall.
A truly staggering achievement when one considers that most Hollywood celebs have their own PR teams pushing their popularity.
The Portuguese announced himself on the world stage while at Manchester United.
He then took the next step up to Real Madrid where his fame has soared even more.
With a jaw-dropping 144 million followers, Ronaldo proves that football really is the people’s game.
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