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Sport is a source of health, self-improvement and positivism. Therefore, it is not surprising that the main references in this field move the masses, but who are the most followed athletes on social networks?

Well, out of 20, 17 are soccer players, two are basketball players and one is a cricketer. All of them men. As for the nationalities, they vary quite a lot: Argentina, Portugal, Sweden, France, Egypt, Wales, Spain, United States, Colombia, Brazil, India and Uruguay. Many use them only to show their daily life, although the most famous also take advantage of this medium to advertise brands, managing to collect millions of dollars. In total, the top athletes have more than 4,171 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Without further ado, here are the 10 most popular athletes on social networks (data as of 04/29/2024). If you want to know the rest of the list, you’ll have to go to the end of our article 😉.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Neymar
  5. LeBron James
  6. Ronaldinho
  7. David Beckham
  8. Kylian Mbappé
  9. Karim Benzemá
  10. Sergio Ramos

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

You may not like soccer, but the reality is that this footballer does not go unnoticed by anyone, and certainly not in the world of social media. We are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, who with 908,100,000 followers, 15.34% more than in 2023, is the sportsman who leads social networks worldwide. He has an intense online life through his Instagram (more than 628 million followers), Facebook (more than 169 million fans) and Twitter (more than 111 million followers) accounts, and even has an online underwear store.

2. Lionel Messi

With a low profile and high positive image, the flamboyant world champion usually shares quite a few posts on Instagram, where he has more than 502 million followers. Despite not having an official Twitter account, with more than 116 million fans on Facebook , he has a total of 618 million followers (an outstanding 18.39% more than in the previous edition of the top), remaining in second place among the most popular athletes.

3. Virat Kohli

Virath Kohli, the famous cricketer in India, climbs one position this 2024, rising to bronze in this ranking thanks to his 381 million followers (+13.37%). Since December 2021, he has been the most popular cricketer on Instagram, where he has 268 million followers. On Twitter he totals 62.7 million and on Facebook, 51 million. He also has his own charitable foundation.

4. Neymar

Another well-known soccer player is Brazil’s Neymar. He currently plays for Al-Hilal Saudi F. C. in the Saudi Professional League and has more than 63 million followers on Twitter, more than 92 million fans on Facebook and more than 221 million on Instagram. A total of 376.3 million followers.

5. LeBron James

Basketball moves crowds in the United States and LeBron James, better known as “King” James, is one of the most famous players in the country. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and among Twitter, Facebook and Instagram he has a total of 238.8 million followers.

6. Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is one of the biggest idols of Brazilian soccer. He is currently retired from elite sport, but accumulates a total of 153.5 million followers among Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

7. David Beckham

Beckham is one of the sportsmen with the greatest media exposure worldwide. In addition to posting very frequently on social networks, he often makes advertising deals with various brands and maintains a very active business life. Staying in seventh place in our list, the former English-born footballer accumulates a total of 145.3 million followers between Facebook and Instagram , as he does not have an official Twitter account.

8. Kylian Mbappé

Considered as the best current soccer player by many fans, French player Kylian Mbappé was also trending at the World Cup, as he scored 3 goals in the final against Argentina. However, that was not enough for him to take the cup. At only 24 years of age, he was the top scorer of Qatar 2022 and is one of the most sought-after players in the world. He currently plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain.

Among Twitter, Facebook and Instagram , he has over 143.5 million followers, which is an impressive 21.92% more than in the previous edition of our top, and which has allowed him to move from ninth to eighth place.

9. Karim Benzemá

This footballer of French nationality and Algerian origin made headlines at the last World Cup because, in addition to not playing in the tournament due to injury, he also announced that he would no longer be part of the French national team, where he played as a striker. He currently plays for Al-Ittihad Jeddah Club in Saudi Arabia. Karim also triumphs on social networks, accumulating a total of 142.2 million followers on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, although this year the overtaking of Kylian Mbappé pushes him down a place.

10. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos is another well-known Spanish footballer, currently a defender for Sevilla Football Club, who closes our top 10 of popular athletes. Between his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts, he has more than 121.6 million fans.

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And here is our top of the most followed sportsmen in social networks. Do you follow any of them?

 

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