Sports are the hugely popular and a major form of entertainment and most of the people in the World used to enjoy sports. Yes, obviously the choice of each people is different and so, there are different types of sports are quite familiar in recent time. Some people would love football, some would go for cricket, some loves tennis and so on. Those who love to take part in sports are called athletes. The sports lovers love the athletes as the hero of their particular game. The fans are following their favourite sportsman and wants to know about their personal lives. besides, they also want to know the life of their favourite stars outside the field. The major sources for these facts are media like magazine, television, newspapers and some others where these stars used to present answers of interviews, photographs etc. In recent time, the major source of knowing an athlete is through the social media. Considering the fans number, we can say how popular the star is. Today we would like to talk about the top 10 most popular athletes on social media.
Top 10 Most Popular Athletes on Social Media
However, there are different kinds of social media available right now and through them, we can easily find out the real life of the athletes. The athletes have seemed as celebrities in the current World and most of them have the profile on renowned social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on and also they have tons of followers there. Now, we are considering just Facebook and Twitter to judge their popularity in social media. let’s take a look below where we present the top 10 most popular athletes on social media.
10. Michael Jordan (Facebook Fans – 27.7 Million & Twitter Fans – 3.65 Million)
Michael Jeffrey Jordan who is also known as Michael Jordan or simply MJ and he is a former American professional basketball player. MJ is currently 55 years old and he is the respective owner of Charlotte Hornets of National Basketball Association (NBA).
Michael Jordan spent 15 years with NBA clubs Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He is often called the greatest basketball player of all time. However, MJ is one of the most popular athletes on social media. He has current Facebook followers are 27.7 million and also he has 3.65 million Twitter followers.
Michael Jordan started his professional career in 1984 with Chicago Bulls and in 2001 he joined at the Washington Wizards. he took his professional retirement from Washington Wizards in 2003. His professional career is very coloured. He won several individual awards in the meantime. He is also nicknamed as “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”.
9. Mesut Ozil (Facebook Fans – 31 Million & Twitter Fans – 23.6 Million)
Mesut Ozil is the German professional football player though he took his international retirement from the Germany national football team in 2018 after finishing the Russia World Cup. In last World Cup 2018, team Germany failed to show good performance and as a result, they were ruled out from the group stage. So, this German top-rated player wanted to say goodbye to his international career.
Undoubtedly, Mesut Ozil is one of the most popular athletes on social media. He has currently 31 million Facebook followers and 23.6 million Twitter followers.
Ozil has come to the spotlight after receiving the Golden Ball award in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is currently playing for the English Premier League club Arsenal and he is with them since 2013.
Earlier, he played for German club Schalke 04, Werder Bremen and Spanish Real Madrid. However, he has played 153 league appearances with the Gunners and scored 30 goals so far.
8. Ronaldinho Gaucho (Facebook Fans – 34 Million & Twitter Fans – 18.2 Million)
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaucho is a former Brazilian professional football player. He played as an attacking midfielder and now, he is an ambassador for Barcelona. The Brazilian legend is currently 38 years old and took his professional retirement in 2013 from Brazil national team and from the club, he took retirement in 2015.
His professional career was very coloured. He played for a number of reputed clubs in his professional career. Ronaldinho is often regarded as one of the best players in his time as well as one of the greatest players of all time. He won a Ballon d’Or award along with two FIFA World Player of the Year awards as well. The former attacking midfielder is one of the most popular athletes on social media with 34 million Facebook followers and 18.2 million Twitter followers so far.
Ronaldinho started his professional career in 1998 and played for PSG, Barcelona, Milan and some other clubs. He spent most of his career at the Camp Nou where he played 145 appearances and scored 70 goals so far. Besides, from 1999 to 2013, he played for the Brazil national team and scored 33 international goals so far.
7. Ricardo Kaka (Facebook Fans – 31 Million & Twitter Fans – 29 Million)
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite who is simply known as Ricardo Kaka or Kaka is still considered as one of the handsome football players in the World. He is a former Brazilian professional football player and played an attacking midfielder. The former Brazilian international is currently 36 years old and he won FIFA Ballon d’Or once.
The playmaker is considered one of the best player in his generation as we speak. Kaka is undoubtedly one of the most popular athletes on social media. He has current 31 million Facebook followers and 29 million Twitter followers so far. Kaka took his international retirement in 2016 and from the club in 2017.
Ricardo Kaka started his professional career in 2001 with Sao Paolo and also he spent his youth career with them. In 2003, he joined Italian side Milan and in 2009, Spanish giant Real Madrid bought him. He spent his long career with Milan and then with Real Madrid. With the Italian side Milan, Kaka played 193 matches and scored 70 goals so far.
6. John Cena (Facebook Fans – 45 Million & Twitter Fans – 11.5 Million)
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. who is commonly known as John Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor and television host. He used to appears for both Raw and SmackDown brands as he signed to WWE.
Cena is currently 41 years old and from 2005, he is serving his duty as the franchise player of WWE. John Cena won highest 12th WWE World Heavyweight Championship which is a record and also won WWE United States Championship three times. He is a very popular wrestler in the World and certainly, Cena is one of the most popular athletes on social media with his Facebook followers 45 million and Twitter followers 11.5 million.
John Cena was born in 23rd April 1977 at West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States. He has earned a couple of ring names like Juan Cena, The Prototype and Mr P. Besides, he has also earned his place among the richest wrestlers in the World. Cena is also a successful actor who worked in a number of movies like, The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary, The Reunion and so on.
5. Dwayne Johnson Rock (Facebook Fans – 58 Million & Twitter Fans – 13.1 Million)
Dwayne Douglas Johnson who is officially known as Dwayne Johnson is a retired professional wrestler in America. He is also an actor and producer as well. Dwayne Johnson is well known as ‘The Rock’ which is his ring name. The Rock was a college football player and played for the University of Miami and with the team Miami Hurricanes, he won a national championship in 1991.
Johnson is currently 46 years old and considered as one of the most popular athletes on social media. He has 58 million Facebook followers and 13.1 million Twitter followers as we speak. When he first appeared at the ring, he was called as ‘Rocky Maivia’.
But later, it was changed to The Rock during the time in WWE from 1996 to 2004.Dwayne Johnson or The Rock is quite popular in Hollywood movies where he first appeared in the Scorpion King in 2002. And for his role, he was received $5.5 million which was a World record.
Later, Johnson worked in a number of renowned movies like The Fast and the Furious series as one of the most prominent role named Luke Hobbs. According to the Forbes 2013, Johnson was the 25th most powerful celebrities in the World. He was also the highest paid actor in 2016.
4. David Beckham (Facebook Fans – 54 Million)
David Robert Joseph Beckham, simply known as David Beckham is still considered as one of the most stylish English football players though he took his retirement from international as well as senior career.
Beckham has a very coloured professional career. He played for several reputed clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, La Galaxy, Paris Saint Germain and so on. Besides, he is the very first English player to win league titles in four different countries. He is currently 43 years old and the President of Inter Miami CF.
However, David Beckham is still one of the most popular athletes on social media considering the Facebook followers number. His current Facebook followers are 54 million which makes him as the 4th position on most popular athletes on social media.
David Beckham started his club career in 1992 with the Red Devils and he spent a long career with them. He played 265 appearances with them and scored 62 goals so far. In 2003, Real Madrid bought him where he played 116 league appearances and scored 13 goals so far.
In 2013, he joined at the French Ligue 1 side PSG where he finished his professional career. Besides, from 1996 to 2009, he played for the English national team and made 115 international appearances. He scored also 17 international goals so far.
3. Neymar (Facebook Fans – 60 Million & Twitter Fans – 41.5 Million)
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or simply Neymar is the Brazilian professional football player and no doubt he is one of the most popular athletes on social media right now.
He is playing as a forward in French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain and at the very early age, he proved himself as one of the great dribblers. Neymar is well known for dribbling, skill, pace, finishing and ability to play with both feet. He has current Facebook followers are 60 million and Twitter followers are 41.5 million which makes him as the 3rd most popular player on social media.
Neymar has achieved the South American Footballer award in 2011 when he was 19 years old. However, Neymar first appeared in the Time Magazine in February 2013 as the most marketable athlete on the planet.
The Brazilian star Neymar was born on 5th February 1992 and now, he is 26 years old. He started his professional career with Brazilian Santos in 2009 and till 2013, he played with them and made 102 appearances where he scored 54 goals so far. In 2013, Barcelona bought him where team Barca made a most powerful attacking trio at the time being which consisted of Messi, Neymar and Suarez and simply called MSN.
In 2017, Neymar left the Camp Nou and joined at the Parc des Princes in exchange for a huge amount that makes him as the most valuable player in the World in recent time. He also played 96 international appearances with the national team and scored 60 goals so far.
2. Lionel Messi (Facebook Fans – 89 Million)
Lionel Messi is the name of a great football player in the World. Some say him as the greatest player of all time and playing for the Spanish giant Barcelona as the captain.
He is also the captain of Argentina national team and he plays as a forward. Messi is jointly holding the record of winning highest five Ballon d’Or awards along with highest five European Golden Shoes. He is spending his whole professional career with Barcelona where he has come to the Barcelona main team from Barcelona Youth Academy.
In 2004, Leo made his professional debut and since 2005, he is playing for the Argentina national team. Undoubtedly, Lionel Messi is one of the most popular athletes on social media and we have placed him on the 2nd position considering his Facebook followers 89 million.
Lionel Messi started his professional career with Barcelona and till now, he made 432 appearances with them and scored 397 goals highest. He is also the all-time top-scorer in Argentina with 65 international goals.
He led Argentina to the four finals but unfortunately, he failed to win any single of them. Lionel Messi is the 2nd highest paid athletes in the World with $84 million salary and $27 million endorsement deals.
In his individual career, Leo won several awards the makes him as the most influential people in the World according to the Time Magazine. In his professional career with Barcelona, he won 33 trophies including nine La Liga, four UEFA Champions League title and some other trophies as we know.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Facebook Fans – 122 Million & Twitter Fans – 75.8 Million)
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro who is popular as just Cristiano Ronaldo or just CR7 and he is the Portuguese national team football player and plays as the striker. He is now playing with the Italian club Juventus.
Ronaldo who loves to take a new challenge and so, he has changed a number of clubs in his professional career. CR7 is regarded as one of the best player ever as well as in recent time being. He is also the captain of Portugal national team. Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or which is jointly highest with LM10.
He has won already 26 trophies in his professional career. Undoubtedly, Cristiano is the most popular athletes on social media with his Facebook followers 122 million and Twitter followers 75.8 million. He is also the 3rd highest paid athlete in the World.
Cristiano Ronaldo started his professional career in 2002 with a Portuguese club Sporting CP and in 2003, he joined with the Premier League club Manchester United.
He spent most of his professional career with Spanish giant Real Madrid where he made 292 appearances and scored 311 goals so far. He won four Ballon d’Or with the club as we speak. In 2018, he has joined with the Italian top flight Juventus and already played 16 appearances and scored 11 goals. Ronaldo has also played for the national team from 2003 and scored 85 international goals so far.
As stated by the above-listed statistics, we can see the full details of the top 10 most popular athletes on social media. There are also some more popular athletes in the World like Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane, Mbappe, Luka Modric, some reputed boxers and so on.
It seems that considering most popular athletes on social media, the majority of athletes are football players. The main reason behind it is, football is the most popular players in the World and it has become the craze of the fans.