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Top 10 Footballers with the Most Instagram Followers in 2021

Wed 21 July 2021 | 7:30

Performing brilliantly on the pitch, playing like a top scorer, and or appearing in outstanding clubs are some of the top reasons which make popularity for each footballer. In the following article, we have presented a list of the top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021.

Almost always, the supports of many fans have been behind the names of outstanding and famous football players. Releasing the Instagram platform and other social media made the followers' number a sample to measure how many fans they have.

However, the amount that each of them spends on Instagram or any other platform affects the number of fans. Most Instagram users are interested in following the posts of their pages regarding their personal and professional lives. 

On the other hand, football players in 2021 are not only paid as footballers but as celebrities. Through their Instagram profiles, they are in contact with their fans. Additionally, via it, they promote the clubs they play for them and consequently earn millions.

The pages of prominent players on Instagram are good ways for brands to advertise their products to millions of adoring followers from different parts of the world. As a great source of making money for football players, profiles of stars on various social media work as the "front line" in today's business world.

Transforming organizations into famous and top global brands and attracting audiences are the benefits that social media has provided for companies, which leads to making a large amount of money for the stars of the football world. Amongst the wide range of sports, football has led the way to create universal viewers. 

Keep reading through the following article to know the players whose names are not only amongst the top ones of the football world but among the top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram in 2021.

Footballers with the Most Instagram Followers in 2021

Though posting attractive posts on social media has always been a significant factor in increasing the number of followers, it is different for reputed people. Their fame is the main reason for being followed by a growing number of fans. Without more ado, join us to read about the names of the top 10 most popular footballers on social media, including the famous and astonishing players of the football world. 

Gareth Bale

  • Age: 31

  • Position: Winger

  • Current Team: Real Madrid

  • Followers: 44 m

Gareth Frank Bale is a familiar name for football fans, especially the followers who follow 

Real Madrid

 as their favorite team. However, he currently plays on loan for Tottenham Hotspur.

Having played as a left-back at Southampton as his first team in his senior career,

Bale

earned much admiration as a free-kick specialist. During the 2009-10 season, playing under Harry Redknapp's guidance led Bale to become an essential team member, Tottenham Hotspur.

Bale is the owner of various titles, including PFA Players' Player of the Year, UEFA Team of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year. Bale had an efficient role in winning his team, Real Madrid, to win the 2013-14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League through his goals in the finals.

Besides his successful appearances in top clubs, Bale has had a brilliant playing for Wales national team, that over earning 90 caps and 33 scored goals, he became the highest scorer of all time. There is no wonder how 44 million followers have his Instagram account, 

@garethbale11

Sergio Ramos

  • Age: 35

  • Position: Defender

  • Current Team: Real Madrid

  • Followers: 45 m

One of the other players, whose name is one of the most followed footballers on Instagram in 2021, is

Sergio Ramos

. Owning 45 million followers on the platform has placed his name ninth on our list. Ramos spent his youth career in Camas and Sevilla's youth academy, which the latter became his first senior team.

Afterward, through joining Real Madrid, he became a mainstay for them and recorded 22 honors in his career history at the time of his playing there. He is the owner of five La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles.

His excellent playing in the build-up played a crucial role at all four UEFA Champions League wins and caused him to be named in the match Squad of the Season each time. Ramos' 11 FIFPro World11 titles caused him to hold it as a record for a defender. Gaining the UEFA Team of the Year nine times is one of the other records in his professional resume that he holds for a defender and third-most of any footballers.

If you are interested to know more about his personal life, following 

@sergioramos

 will help you because he shares various posts about his interests and personal life besides the professional one. 

Paul Pogba

  • Age: 28

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Current Team: Manchester United

  • Followers: 45.5 m

Owning 45.5 million followers has made 

@paulpogba

 one of the most viewed pages on the media and Pogba one of the 

top 10 footballers with the most Instagram Followers in 2021

. The French footballer currently plays primarily as a central midfielder for Premier League club 

Manchester United

.

However,

Pogba

is talented in appearing as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying playmaker. Spending youth career at Roissy-en-Brie, US Trocy, Le Havre, and Manchester United, Pogba began his senior one with the latter.

However, due to limit appearances, he decided to join Juventus through a free transfer. It did not last more than four years, and Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 and still plays there. Meanwhile, he has achieved a wide range of honors, including Golden Boy, Serie A Team of the Year, UEFA Team of the Year, and FIFA FIFPro World11. 

James Rodriguez

  • Age: 29

  • Position: Attacking Midfielder, Winger

  • Current Team: Everton

  • Followers: 46.7 m

James Rodriguez is one of the 

top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram

, whose 46.7 million fans for 

@jamesrudriguez10

 have brought his name to our list. The attacking midfielder or winger of

Everton

, a Premier League club,

Rodriguez

owns some features, such as unique technique, vision, and playmaking skills, which have aroused him much admiration and led him sometimes to be a successor to Carlos Valderrama.

Having played for Envigado and Banfield, Rodriguez joined Porto, and through performing his excellent playing, made himself a well-known footballer in Europe. In 2014, signing a contract for a £63-million fee to transfer to Real Madrid made him the most expensive Colombian football player and one of the highest price footballers at the time.

Within his first season for the club, he became one of La Liga Team of the Season and then won La Liga Best Midfielder. Afterward, Rodriguez played for German club Bayern Munich on loan for two years and finally moved to Everton in 2020 on a free transfer.

The rich career history that Rodriguez has made for himself since 2006 includes many honors and awards, which mentioning them needs a separate article. It is clear how the winner of the LPFP Primera Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year, FIFA World Golden Boot, and many other prizes has attracted this many followers. 

Marcelo

  • Age: 33

  • Position: Left-back

  • Current Team: Real Madrid

  • Followers: 48 m

By having 48 million followers, Marcelo has allocated a place on the list of 

top 10 most popular footballers on social media

. The Brazilian professional footballer is a left-back player of Real Madrid, the Spanish club, and the

Brazil

national team.

Marcelo, whose brilliant performance has led him to be one of the greatest left-back players of all time, has passed his senior career with two clubs, Fluminense and Real Madrid. During the two seasons that he played for the former, Marcelo appeared in 30 matches and scored six goals, which in comparison with the 15 years he played for Real Madrid is short.

Making 528 appearances and netting 38 times for them are the achievements he has gained from 2006-07 to the 2020-21 season. Through winning a wide range of honors, such as IFFHS Men's Worlds Best Team and Facebook FA La Liga Best Defender,

Marcelo

has upgraded his career history to a professional one. Now, aren't you interested in taking a look at

@marcelotwelve

or even follow him?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Age: 39

  • Position: Striker

  • Current Team: AC Milan

  • Followers: 48 m

The following place on the list of the top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021 belongs to

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

, a familiar name for all football fans, especially AC Milan's followers.

Being regarded as one of the best strikers of all time, Ibrahimovic has won 31 trophies, by which he brought his name amongst the most decorated active footballers in the football world. As Ibrahimovic's career statistics show, he has recorded over 570 career goals in his resume, including more than 500 club ones.

Playing at

Ajax

earned him the reputation as one of the most promising forwards in Europe, though he left there to join Juventus, their domestic rivals, two years later. Winning Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer) and Serie A titles within three consecutive seasons are some of his achievements with Inter.

After moving to Barcelona through one of the most expensive transfers, Ibrahimovic joined

A.C. Milan

, which led him to win another Serie A in the 2010-11 season. He has also gained four consecutive Ligue 1 titles and all-time leading goalscorer, which all of these prizes refer to his playing time for PSG. 

Besides his successful performance in various clubs, he performed like a star in his international career. As one out of 11 players who have appeared 100 or more for the Swedish national team during a 20-year international career, Zlatan has scored 62 goals for his country, which has made him the country's all-time leading goalscoring. Now, don't you want to be one of 

@iamzlatanibrahimovic

's followers?

Kylian Mbappe

  • Age: 22

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Followers: 53.5 m

Now, it is Kylian Mbappe Lottin's turn, a well-known french professional player, someone with 53.5 million followers has allocated fourth place amongst the 

top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021

 to himself

@k.mbappe

.

The current forward of Paris Saint-Germain is a talented footballer who could win Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and the Golden Boy award while he played for his first team, 

Monaco

. Mbappe's contract worth €180 million to transfer PSG in 2018 made him the second-most expensive player and most expensive teenager.

Like his club performances, Mbappe has performed in his international career well, and within the years from 2017 till now has made 48 appearances for his country's national team and netted 17 times.

His outstanding performance in international competitions led him to earn second place

Mbappe

placed his name behind Pele as the second teenager who could score in a World Cup Final. He also became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup. 

Neymar Jr

  • Age: 29

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Followers: 153 m

If you have ever visited 

@Neymarjr

, you must have seen that 153 million people have followed it, which this number has placed Neymar Jr third amongst the top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021.

The Brazilian star has almost always appeared brilliantly which not only his countrymen but all football fans know him very well. Being regarded as one of the best players in the world,

Neymar

currently plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

Taking a look at his career statistics will reveal that through playing for

Santos

, Barcelona, and PSG, he has scored a total of 329 goals through appearing in 528 competitions.

Neymar has also participated in 109 matches for Brazil's national team and netted 68 times. Neymar's scored goals for Brazil made him the second-highest goalscorer trailing only Pele. By reviewing his resume, you will confront a long list of achievements and titles, which going through their details needs, at least one separate article.  

Lionel Messi

  • Age: 34

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Free Agent

  • Followers: 225 m

The second place amongst the 

most followed footballers on Instagram in 2021

 belongs to 

Lionel Messi

, who 225 million people have followed 

@leomessi

 till now. The current forward and captain of the Argentina national team recently captained and played for La Liga club 

Barcelona 

while now is a free agent.

The wide range of honors and awards Lionel Messi has achieved during his 18 years of playing has created a rich career history for the Argentinian player. Being one of the Ballon d'Or Dream Team in 2020, winning a record six Ballon d'Or awards, and a record six European Golden Shoes, Messi is often one the best player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time.

Respectively with 474, 36, and 8 scored goals, Messi is the record holder for most netting times in La Liga, most hat-tricks in La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League. As Argentine's highest appearance-maker and its all-time leading goalscorer, Messi won his first international award, the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, when he played at his country's national team youth level. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Messi ended the tournament by gaining an Olympic gold medal.

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Age: 36

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Juventus

  • Followers: 308 m

If you are one of the big football fans, you have most likely looked for 

@cristiano

 as one of the 

top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021

, and as you see by owning 308 million fans, it has placed first.

There are no football fans who have not heard 

Cristiano Ronaldo

's name and do not know how much he plays brilliantly. Often known as the best player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo, the current forward for

Juventus

, the Serie A club, and Portugal national team, is the winner of Ballon d'Or rive times and European Golden Shoes four times.

Ronaldo has also recorded 32 major trophies in his senior career, including five UEFA Champions League, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League title. Ronaldo is also the record holder for the most international goals, the most goals, and assists in the Champions League, respectively 109, 134, and 42.

Additionally, he has placed his name amongst few footballers who have made more than 1100 professional career appearances and scored over 780 official senior career goals for club and country. 

There is no doubt that prominent clubs pay large amounts of money to have him as a member of their team, which has led him to become one of the most marketable players with a high-level reputation and one of the world's highest-paid athletes, in 2016 and 2017 based on Forbes report.

In today's article, we presented a list of the top 10 footballers with the most Instagram followers in 2021, containing the names that football fans know all of them wholly. Besides mentioning the number of their followers, we have presented a brief overview of their professional and personal lives. Despite our effort in preparing an update list, it might change over time. All in all, our team in 

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will welcome any ideas you will share via the comment section. 

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