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Cristiano Ronaldo and 10 other most followed footballers on social media

Neymar. Photo/FC Barcelona
  • The number of individuals that follow them on various social media sites gives a good indication of how popular they are
  • Many of their followers will go to great lengths to defend them in a debate
  • These players devote considerable time and effort to their social media presence

It’s rare to find a player who transcends the sport, but there are a handful who do thereby making it to the list of most followed footballers on social media in 2022.

The number of individuals that follow them on various social media sites gives a good indication of how popular they are.

The huge following has an advantage. Many of their followers will go to great lengths to defend themselves in a debate.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts of the world’s most prominent football players all glow. These players devote considerable time and effort to their social media presence.

Here are the top 10 most followed footballers on social media.



MESUT OZIL. Photo/Sky Sports

Mesut Ozil, has more than 20 million followers on Instagram and Twitter and more than 30 million on Facebook.

While playing for Real Madrid, you can count on having a devoted fan base on social media, and Ozil beats over teammates Karim Benzema, Kaka, and Marcelo for the honour of finishing last.

When it comes to social media, Ozil isn’t among the top 30 sportsmen posting the most frequently, despite a large following and occasional viral content.


Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos. Photo/Marca

Sergio Ramos has won everything on the pitch, and despite his shenanigans, he has amassed almost 80 million fans on social media.

Instagram is the most popular platform for the World Cup winner, with more than 38 million followers and more than 1,800 posts. Selfies abound on this account, making it the busiest of his three.


As the first Spaniard on this list, Andres Iniesta’s fan base in Japan has grown significantly as a result of his time in Japan with FC Tokyo. Iniesta is one of the best midfielders of the twenty-first century and was a member of a Barcelona team that many consider being the best ever.

Although Iniesta has a larger following than the likes of Eden Hazard and Steph Curry, his 96.6 million engagements in 2019 indicate that he is receiving significantly less attention.


Gareth Bale’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu has not always been a popular one, but the Welshman has been at the forefront of European glory for a number of years now.

Combining social media with an impressive Premier League career is the recipe for a social media following in the tens of millions.

Almost all of Bale’s Instagram followers come from this list. Insta is home to over half (43 million) of his 88 million followers, including a recent set of keepy-uppies with a golf ball.


The 2014 World Cup was a turning point for James Rodriguez. It’s safe to say that just competing in the tournament and then going on to play for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich increased his fan base considerably.

James has 31 million Facebook fans and 45 million Instagram followers. 888 bettors will expect Rodriguez to make a new move in the summer.


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Ronaldinho is one of the few players who can perform magic with a football. Throughout his career, the former Ballon d’Or winner was universally adored for his delight in the game and his ability to terrorize opposing defences.

Even now, videos of Ronaldinho’s fancy footwork continue to go viral. He’s also active on Instagram, with more than 2,000 posts to his 52 million followers.


David Beckham social media most followed footballers

David Beckham. Photo/AS USA

This list would not be complete without a mention of retired football legend David Beckham.

Beckham, who now owns an MLS team, is well-known in Europe and the United States as a former professional soccer player who has played in Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, and Milan.

Beckham was a household name before the emergence of social media. I think he’d be number one if social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were around 20 years ago.


Lionel Messi may be regarded as one of the best players of all time, yet he has a following of less than 200 million on social media.

Messi has a quiet demeanour. He’s not a fan of being in the spotlight. But despite this, he still has over 90 million Facebook fans.


The total population of Brazil exceeds 200 million people. Barcelona is one of the world’s most renowned football clubs.

The fan base for Paris Saint-Germain is increasing. Neymar is ahead of Lionel Messi on this ranking because of his huge social media following. Neymar has more Instagram followers than Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.


Cristiano Ronaldo social media most followed footballers

Cristiano Ronaldo may miss out on the 2022 World Cup. Photo/Sporting News

In the social media realm, Cristiano Ronaldo is head and shoulders above the competition, with nearly 420 million followers. As of this writing, he has the sixth most Twitter followers and the most likes on Instagram and Facebook.

Ronaldo’s 122 million Facebook likes placed him over 20 million ahead of the rest of the pack. Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, even if you’re not a betting specialist.

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