While Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James are arguably the two most popular athletes in North American these days, both NBA superstars take a backset to several other athletes when it comes to their popularity on social media.
This look at the Top 10 athletes on social media today will both inform and entertain.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Top 8 Athletes On Social Media
10. Stephen Curry (@stephencurry30)
Sure, Curry missed out on bagging his second championship ring a year ago, but the Golden State Warriors floor leader still managed to win his second league MVP award last season by leading the NBA in both, scoring and steals last season. Stephen Curry’s on-court theatrics helped him gain a whopping 8 million new followers on Instagram over the last year.
9. Luis Suarez (@luissuarez9)
I’m not real fond of the Uruguayan footballer because of his penchant for biting opposing players, but Suarez is a talented player who recently became the first player since 2009 to win the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, all while gaining a whopping 8 million followers on Instagram.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@iamzlatanibrahimovic)
I first came to know the Manchester United striker by kicking my son’s butt on FIFA a couple of years back, but if you’re a North American fn that doesn’t follow soccer as much as some of the other bigger sports, you should know that he won the Guldbollen award for being the Swedish Player of the Year every season since 2007. Ibrahimovic’s on-field excellence helped him gain a whopping 10 million followers.
7. Paul Pogba (@paulpogba)
The 23-year-old forward is a monster athlete that looks like he could excel at a handful of sports. Pogba is so talented that when he was transferred to Manchester United in 2016, his services went for a world record transfer fee of $116.4 million. Pogba has since, gained more than 10 million followers.
6. LeBron James (@kingjames)
King James helped bring the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship since Jim Brown led the Browns to the NFL Championship in 1964. For his efforts, James, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton and donated millions to charity, was named the Sports Illustrated names Sportsman of the Year while gaining an additional 11 million followers.
5. James Rodriguez (@jamesrodriguez10)
If you don’t know who James Rodriguez is, you should know that he’s been called the “golden boy of Colombian football,” which helped him gain an insane 11 million Instagram followers this year.
4. Gareth Bale (@garethbale11)
Bale is another name that most North Americans might not know, but he’s a monster superstar that became the leading British scorer in La Liga — Spain’s top division — in March. For his efforts, Bale gained more than 13 million followers over the past year.
3. Neymar (@neymarjr)
Neymar was actually named the fourth-most famous athlete in the world earlier this year, helping the Brazilian-born superstar gain a whopping 26 million new followers over the past 265 days.
2. Lionel Messi (@leomessi)
The Argentine football legend broke a lot of hearts when he announced his retirement from international competition before changing his mind a week later. Apparently, a lot of football fans didn’t want to see the game’s best goal scorer leave, which would help explain how he added a whopping 29 million new followers over the past year.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)
Ronaldo is undoubtedly the most popular athlete on the face of the planet today!
The superstar goal-scorer won the UEFA European Championship in 2016 with Portugal to increase his popularity to heights that have never, ever been seen before. For his efforts, Ronaldo gained a mind-boggling 42 million new followers.