Who is the most popular and famous soccer player in the world? What is Your Vote??

Probably one of the biggest differences between soccer in the early years of this century and now is the influence of social media.

While soccer stars have always had a reputation for living glorious lifestyles, the rise of various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok in the last decade has given fans direct access to their favourite players and their lives.

What this has meant is that the following and fandom of players has also increased manifold as these platforms help players engage with their fans in a personal fashion.

And it’s fair to say we’ve seen many colorful social media posts from soccer players over the years!

From the below captivating post by Cristiano Ronaldo to Gerard Pique’s now infamous ‘Se Queda’ post over Neymar’s exit from Barcelona, there have been some legendary moments by soccer stars on social media.

In fact, the fandom on social media is such that many star footballers are more popular than the leaders of their country!

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular soccer players in the world as of August 2022, across various social media platforms.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC Milan | 102 million followers

‘Lions’ don’t heal like humans, but do they enjoy social media fame like humans? Judging by the ageless Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s popularity, it definitely looks like it!

Platform Fans
Facebook 39 million
Instagram 55 million
Twitter 8.4 million
TikTok N/A

James Rodriguez - Colombia

James Rodriguez | Al Rayyan | 109 million followers

The Colombian might not be playing in the elite leagues anymore, having joined Qatari outfit Al Rayyan in 2021, but the former Real Madrid attacking midfielder is still one of the most popular soccer players on social media.

Platform Fans
Facebook 36 million
Instagram 49.8 million
Twitter 19 million
TikTok 4.2 million

Marcelo Real Madrid Cibeles

Marcelo | Brazil | 111 million followers

Former Real Madrid left-back Marcelo Vieira is a highly decorated soccer player but he is also an entertainer by nature.

His fun antics on social media and even on the pitch make him a popular figure among fans and that is evident in his social media following.

Platform Fans
Facebook 28 million
Instagram 58 million
Twitter 12.7 million
TikTok 12.3 million

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 116 million followers

Karim Benzema is the hottest striker in the game right now and the Real Madrid star is also one of the hottest soccer players on social media.

Platform Fans
Facebook 43 million
Instagram 56.8 million
Twitter 17 million
TikTok N/A

Sergio Ramos Nantes PSG 31072022

Sergio Ramos | Paris Saint-Germain | 120 million followers

The former Real Madrid skipper, now at PSG, has been one of the best defenders in his era.

A born leader, Ramos is still one of the most popular social media figures in soccer.

Platform Fans
Facebook 38 million
Instagram 52.7 million
Twitter 19.4 million
TikTok 10.4 million

David Beckham 2022 Miami Grand Prix

David Beckham | England | 130 million followers

Becks was a cult figure even when social media was almost non-existent.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan star was a truly global icon of the game who commanded huge popularity.

His fashion choices were replicated all over the world at one point and the former England captain was probably one of the most marketable faces in soccer.

No wonder he continues to be one of the most popular soccer players on social media even now.

Platform Fans
Facebook 56 million
Instagram 74.9 million
Twitter N/A
TikTok N/A

Ronaldinho 2005

Ronaldinho | Brazil | 142 million followers

One of the most celebrated soccer players of his time, Ronaldinho was an icon.

The Brazilian World Cup winner played for the likes of PSG, Barcelona, and AC Milan, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.

Though his exploits came before the advent of social media, Ronaldinho’s impact was such that he is still one of the most popular social media figures of the game.

Platform Fans
Facebook 54 million
Instagram 67.6 million
Twitter 20.9 million
TikTok N/A

Neymar PSG 2022-23

Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain | 322 million followers

Neymar is an entertainer, be it on the field or off the field.

One of the most talented soccer stars of this era, Neymar makes his mark on social media too, giving fans a glimpse of the larger-than-life image of him.

Interestingly, the Brazilian had about 8 million followers on TikTok before he left the platform in 2020.

Platform Fans
Facebook 88 million
Instagram 177 million
Twitter 57.5 million
TikTok N/A

Lionel Messi Clermont-PSG

Lionel Messi | Paris Saint-Germain | 462 million followers

Lionel Messi, one of the best soccer stars of all time, is not too bad on the social media game too.

Despite not having an official Twitter or TikTok account, Messi has more than 450 million followers. Not bad, right?

Platform Fans
Facebook 106 million
Instagram 356 million
Twitter N/A
TikTok N/A

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo | Manchester United | 728 million followers

Ronaldo is the absolute GOAT of soccer social media.

He’s not just clear of the competition overall, but there’s nobody even close to him on a single platform.

Hats off to the Manchester United star’s game off the pitch.

Platform Fans
Facebook 152 million
Instagram 474 million
Twitter 102.6 million
TikTok N/A

Ronaldo celebration Manchester United 2021

Top 10 most popular soccer players of all time

Player Followers
Cristiano Ronaldo 728.6 million
Lionel Messi 462 million
Neymar 322.5 million
Ronaldinho 142.5 million
David Beckham 130.9 million
Sergio Ramos 120.5 million
Karim Benzema 116.8 million
Marcelo 111 million
James Rodriguez 109 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 102.4 million

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