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The Top 10 Most Followed Sportsmen On Instagram

The Top 10 Most Followed Sportsmen On Instagram

Cristiano Ronaldo is not only the most-followed athlete on Instagram, he has now become the first person on social media to reach 200 million followers on the platform.

Already the most popular athlete on Facebook with 122 million likes, the Juventus star's global presence is unparalleled and he took to Instagram to thank fans for their support.

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"Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day," the five-time Ballon d'Or winner wrote.

Ronaldo is well ahead on the Instagram most-followed list, with Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar in third and second on 142m and 132m followers respectively.

Manchester United legend David Beckham is in fourth, with LeBron James, the only non-footballer on the list, coming in at fifth. Ronaldinho is sixth, ahead of James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Top 10 in full:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (200 million)

2. Lionel Messi (142 million)

3. Neymar (132 million)

4. David Beckham (60.5 million)

5. LeBron James (58 million)

6. Ronaldinho (51 million)

7. James Rodriguez (44.9 million)

8. Marcelo (43.6 million)

9. Gareth Bale (42.9 million)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (41.4 million)

Back in October, it emerged that Ronaldo secured a staggering £38.2m from posts on Instagram.

According to a Buzz Bingo study, the 34-year old had 49 sponsored Instagram posts and each one of them pocketed him £780,000.

Barcelona captain Messi fell well short of Ronaldo as he made a total of £18.7m and earned £518,000 per post.

While Ronaldo is still doing the business on the pitch, told SPORTbible in an exclusive interview that he has his eyes set on conquering the business world.

He said: I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn't matter the age, it's all about mentality.

"The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?"

Topics: Instagram, Football News, Football, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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