THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR 100 SPORTING ATHLETES ON INSTAGRAM IN 2019

Find below the current ranking list of the World’s Most Popular Sporting Athletes on Instagram in 2019. Curated by MAU. Senior Instagram Marketing Specialist at eDigital.


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RANKING 2019 LIST – WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SPORTING ATHLETES ON INSTAGRAM

m = million; Last update: March 2019

WHO IS THE 2019 WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SPORTING ATHLETE ON INSTAGRAM?

The 2019 World’s Most Popular sporting athlete on social media winner is: Cristiano Ronaldo.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo. Soccer • Portugal • Social Following 148m
  2. Dwayne Douglas Johnson (The Rock). Wrestling • United States • Social Following 135m
  3. Neymar. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 107.2m
  4. Lionel Messi. Soccer • Argentina • Social Following 103.1m
  5. David Beckham. Soccer • England • Social Following 54m
  6. LeBron James. Basketball • United States • Social Following 45.3m
  7. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 43m
  8. James Rodríguez. Soccer • Colombia • Social Following. 40.5m
  9. Gareth Bale. Soccer • Wales • Social Following 37.7m
  10. Virat Kohli. Cricket • India • Social Following 37.1m

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  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Soccer • Sweden • Social Following 35.8m
  2. Marcelo Vieira. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 33.8m
  3. Sun Yang. Swimming • China •  Social Following 32.6m
  4. Luis Suarez. Soccer • Uruguay • Social Following 31.2m
  5. Mesut Özil. Soccer • Germany •  Social Following 30.9m
  6. Paul Pogba. Soccer • France • Social Following 30.7m
  7. Conor McGregor. MMA • Ireland • Social Following 29.7m
  8. Sergio Aguero. Soccer • Argentina • Social Following 28.7m
  9. Sergio Ramos. Soccer • Spain •  Social Following 28.7m
  10. Andres Iniesta. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 26.7m

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  1. Karim Benzema. Soccer • France • Social Following 25.3m
  2. David Luiz. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 24.9m
  3. Paulo Dybala. Soccer • Argentina • Social Following 24.7m
  4. Wayne Rooney. Soccer • England • Social Following 24.5m
  5. Stephen Curry. Basketball • United States • Social Following 24.5m
  6. Kylian Mbappe. Soccer • France • Social Following 23.5m
  7. Floyd Mayweather. Boxing • United States • Social Following 23.2m
  8. Antoine Griezmann. Soccer • France • Social Following 22.6m
  9. Dani Alves. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 21.5m
  10. Tyson Fury. Boxing • England • Social Following 21.5m


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  1. Mohamed Salah. Soccer • Egypt • Social Following 21.3m
  2. MS Dhoni.  Cricket • India • Social Following 20.5m
  3. Toni Kroos. Soccer • Germany • Social Following 20.1m
  4. Zidane. Soccer • France • Social Following 20m
  5. Philippe Coutinho. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 19.3m
  6. Gerard Pique. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 18.6m
  7. Eden Hazard. Soccer • Belgium • Social Following 17.6m
  8. Kevin Durant. Basketball • United States • Social Following 17.4m
  9. Radamel Falcao. Soccer • Colombia • Social Following 16.9m
  10. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Weight lifting • United States • Social Following 16.7m
  11. Isco. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 16.4m

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  1. Luka Modric. Soccer • Croatia • Social Following 16.1m
  2. Rafael Nadal. Tennis • Spain • Social Following 15.6m
  3. Suresh Raina. Cricket • India • Social Following 15.3m
  4. Maria Sharapova. Tennis • Russia • Social Following 14.6m
  5. Yuvraj Singh. Cricket • India • Social Following 14.5m
  6. Roger Federer. Tennis • Switzerland • Social Following 14.5m
  7. Yi Jianlian. Basketball • China • Social Following 14.4m
  8. Ivan Rakitic. Soccer • Croatia • Social Following 14.1m
  9. Robert Lewandowski. Soccer • Poland • Social Following 13.8m
  10. Iker Casillas. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 13.7m


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  1. Khabib Nurmagomedov. MMA • Russia • Social Following 13.4m
  2. Valentino Rossi. Moto GP • Italy • Social Following 13.2m
  3. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. Soccer • France • Instagram Following 13m
  4. Rohit Sharma. Cricket • India • Social Following 12.8m
  5. Odell Beckham Jr. American Football • United States • Social Following 12.8m
  6. Russell Westbrook. Basketball • United States • Social Following 12.7m
  7. Ninja (Tyler Blevins). Esports • United States • Social Following 12.5m
  8. Sania Mirza. Tennis • India • Social Following 12.4m
  9. Kyrie Irving. Basketball • United States • Social Following 12.3m
  10. Raphaël Varane. Soccer • France • Social Following 12.1m
  11. Dwyane Wade. Basketball • United States • Social Following 11.9m

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  1. David De Gea. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 11.8m
  2. Manny Pacquiao. Boxing • Philippines • Social Following 11.6m
  3. Shaquille Rashaun “Shaq” O’Neal. Basketball • United States • Social Following 11.1m
  4. Serena Williams. Tennis • United States • Social Following 10.8m
  5. Shakib Al Hasan. Cricket • Bangladesh • Social Following 10.7m
  6. Derrick Rose. Basketball • United States • Social Following 10.4m
  7. Cesc Fabregas. Soccer • Spain • Social Following 10.3m
  8. Michael B Jordan. Basketball • United States • Social Following 10.3m
  9. Lewis Hamilton. Formula One • England • Social Following 10.1m
  10. Alexis Sanchez. Soccer • Chile • Social Following 9.6m


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  1. James Harden. Basketball • United States • Social Following 9.4m
  2. Thomas Müller. Soccer • Germany • Social Following 9.2m
  3. Ravichandran Ashwin. Cricket • India • Social Following 9.2m
  4. Harbhajan Singh. Cricket • India • Social Following 9.1m
  5. Carmelo Anthony. Basketball • United States • Social Following 9.1m
  6. Mushfiqur Rahim. Cricket • Bangladesh • Social Following 9.1m
  7. Usain Bolt. Runner. Instagram followers 9m
  8. Shikhar Dhawan Cricket • India • Social Following 8.8m
  9. Chris Paul. Basketball • United States • Social Following 8.7m
  10. Mario Balotelli. Soccer • Italy • Instagram followers 8.6m
  11. Novak Djokovic. Tennis • Serbia • Social Following 8.5m
  12. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Cricket • Bangladesh • Social Following 8.5m

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  1. Anthony Joshua. Boxing • England • Social Following 7.7m
  2. Gabriel Medina. Surfing • Brazil • Social Following 7.5m
  3. Gianluigi Buffon. Soccer • Italy • Social Following 6.8m
  4. Dwight Howard. Basketball • United States • Social Following 6.8m
  5. Gonzalo Higuain. Soccer • Argentina • Social Following 6.8m
  6. Tiger Woods. Golf • United States • Social Following 6.4m
  7. Memphis Depay. Soccer • The Netherlands • Social Following 6.2m
  8. Lonzo Ball. Basketball • United States • Social Following 6.2m
  9. Allen Iverson. Basketball • United States • Social Following 5.9m
  10. Jerome Boateng. Soccer • Germany • Social Following 5.9m


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  1. Klay Thompson. Basketball • United States • Social Following 5.8m
  2. Patrice Evra. Soccer • Mexico • Instagram Following 5.1m
  3. Russell Wilson. American Football • United States • Social Following 5.4m
  4. Damian Lillard. Basketball • United States • Social Following 5.2m
  5. Javier Hernandez. Soccer • Mexico • Social Following 5.1m
  6. Tom Brady. American Football • United States • Social Following 4.7m
  7. Santos Saul (Canelo) Alvarez. Boxing • Mexico • Social Following 4.5m
  8. Aaron Rodgers. American Football • United States • Social Following 4.5m
  9. Blake Griffin. Basketball • United States • Social Following 4.4m
  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo. Basketball • Greece • Social Following 4.3m
  11. Benjamin Simmons. Basketball • Australia • Social Following 4m

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  1. Tony Hawk. Skateboarding • United States • Social Following 4m
  2. Jonathan Dwight Jones. MMA • United States • Social Following 3.8m
  3. Isaiah Jamar Thomas. Basketball • United States • Social Following 3.6m
  4. Leonardo Bonucci. Soccer • Italy • Social Following 3.6m
  5. Andy Murray. Tennis • Scotland • Social Following 3.6m
  6. Giannis Antetokounmpo. Basketball • Greece • Social Following 3.5m
  7. Gennady Golovkin. Boxing • Kazakhstan • Social Following 3.4m
  8. Gennady Golovkin. Boxing • Kazakhstan • Instagram Following 3.4m
  9. Frank Lampart Soccer • England • Instagram Following 3.3m
  10. Antonio Tavaris Brown. American Football • United States • Social Following 3.3m

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  1. Rory McIlroy. Golf • Northern Ireland • Social Following 3.2m
  2. Colin Kaepernick. American Football • United States • Social Following 3.2m
  3. Drew Brees. American football • United States • Social Following 3.1m
  4. Rob Gronkowski. American Football • United States • Social Following 3.0m
  5. Kyle Kuzma. Basketball • United States • Social Following 2.9m
  6. Deontay Wilder. Boxing • United States • Social Following 2.5m
  7. Kelly Slater. Surfing. • United States • Social Following 2.4m
  8. Georges St-Pierre. MMA • Canada • Social Following 2.3m
  9. Shaun White. Snowboarding • United States • Social Following 2.3m
  10. Jimmy Chin. Climber • United States • Instagram Following 2.3m

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  1. Ryan Garcia. Boxing • United States • Social Following 2.2m
  2. Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. Basketball • United States • Social Following 2.2m
  3. Paige VanZant. MMA • United States • Social Following 2.1m
  4. Ray Allen. Basketball • United States • Social Following 2m
  5. Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard. Tennis • Canada • Social Following 1.9m
  6. Alana Blanchard. Surfing. United States • Social Following 1.8m
  7. Stan Wawrinka. Tennis • Switzerland • Social Following 1.7m
  8. Bethany Hamilton. Surfing. United States • Social Following 1.7m
  9. Ana Ivanovic. Tennis • Serbia • Social Following 1.5m
  10. Alex Honnold. Climber • United States • Instagram Following  1.4m

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  1. Rivaldo Ferreira. Soccer • Brazil • Social Following 1.4m
  2. Caroline Wozniacki. Tennis • Denmark • Social Following 1.4k
  3. Bryce Harper. Baseball • United States • Social Following 1.4m
  4. Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw. MMA • United States • Social Following 1.4m
  5. Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko. Boxing • Ukraine • Social Following 1.3m
  6. Mick Fanning. Surfing • Australia • Social Following 1.2m
  7. Max Holloway. MMA • United States • Social Following 1.2m
  8. LeBron Raymone James Jr. Basketball • United States • Social Following 1.1m
  9. Michael Bisping. MMA • United States • Social Following 1.1m
  10. Simona Halep. Tennis • Romania • Social Following 1m
  11. Carson Wentz. American Football • United States • Social Following 1.0m
  12. Anthony Paul Pettis. MMA • United States • Social Following 1m
  13. Kei Nishikori. Tennis • Japan • Social Following 927k
  14. Naomi Osaka. Tennis • Japan • Instagram followers 899k


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