Most Popular Athletes on Social Media

Published On November 02, 2018 | By Matthew Futter | Basketball, Daily Fantasy Strategy, Fantasy Basketball News

Sports is one of the world’s main forms of entertainment. Athletes are huge stars that people follow—particularly on social media. Social media sites like Instagram are the main hangout where fans can get in touch with their sports idols. Despite the glaring issues like a recent Instagram hack and Instagram account security, both athletes and their fans still use these social media platforms to connect and shine.

Here are some of the most popular athletes people follow on social media.

Cristiano Ronaldo

This Portuguese pro footballer is the captain of his soccer team. At 22, he already received his very first nomination as the FIFA World Player of the Year. He raked in the award in 2008, 2013, and 2014. He’s also the second highest paid athlete in the globe according to Forbes. His net worth is over $80 million. He has over 107 followers on Facebook and 24 million followers on Twitter and more on his other social media accounts.

Lionel Messi

This famous Argentine professional footballer is also the captain of his Argentine national soccer team. He also received his first FIFA World Player of the Year nomination at 22. He got the award in the year 2008, 2010, and 2012. He’s twice been part of the annual list of the most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine—in 2011 and 2012.  His Facebook profile hit 6 million followers immediately after just hours of launching it. Now it has over 78 million followers.

David Beckham

David Beckham is an ultra-popular English footballer who is the captain of the English national soccer team. He’s hit several records and belonged to various clubs such as Preston North End, Manchester United, Milan, LA Galaxy, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain. He’s in fact the very first English football player to achieve league titles in 4 countries—Spain, England, France, and America. His last match was last May 18, 2013. He’s been inducted in the FIFA 100 list of greatest living players in the world in the year 2004. He has over 50 million followers on Facebook.


He’s a Brazilian football player and the captain of the national soccer team of Brazil. As early as the age of 19, he already received his first South American Footballer of the Year award—that’s way back 2011 and received the same award the following year. In 2013, he’s been declared as the most marketable athlete in the world as per SportsPro magazine, and in February of the same year, he became the cover of Time Magazine. He has over 15 million followers on Facebook and around 17 million on Twitter.

Dwayne Johnson

He’s famously known as The Rock, a professional wrestler and actor. He initially was a football player and even made it to the national championship. However, he became more popular in the world of wrestling. His original name in the industry is “Rocky Maivia, and his career in the World Wrestling Federation lasted from 1996 to 2004. He has over 46 million Facebook followers and over 8 million Twitter fans.

Athletes will always be revered because of their strength and tenacity. We can only expect that the sports industry will continue to be a celebrated sector, amplified by social media’s support.

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