We live in a world where social media plays a very important role. It is the best way for brands to keep in touch with their customers and for celebrities to keep in touch with their fans. Today, “celebrity” can mean anything from musicians and actors to artists and athletes whose names routinely show up on Vwin – even people whose only platform is social media.
Sports personalities have long ago achieved the status of “celebrities” thanks to their performance, personal life, perhaps a charity. These are the athletes who are the most Instagram-famous today.
With more than 138 million Instagram followers as of this July, Indian cricket player Virat Kohli is the fifth-most-followed Instagram athlete in the world. The 32-year-old batsman has received a collection of sporting accolades over his career but his achievements go beyond cricket: he was also named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 by Forbes Magazine.
With around 155 million followers, Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Neymar for short) is the fourth on our list. Widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world today, Neymar is also a dedicated promoter of Brazilian music.
With more than 238 million Instagram followers as of July, Lionel (Leo) Messi is third on our list. Messi has made a name for himself playing with the Spanish football club Barcelona, earning pretty much every accolade possible in the world of sports.
Outside sports, Messi is active in charitable actions to help vulnerable children. He has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, an organization that he dedicated considerable finances and time all across his career.
Including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on our list may feel like cheating – but consider this: he is as well-known for his wrestling career as he is for his movies. And he is the fourth-most-followed Instagram personality in the world – and the second-most followed athlete, with more than 256 million followers.
Finally, let us mention the single most-followed person on Instagram who also happens to be a professional athlete: Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo. He is one of the best football players ever to set foot on the turf – but he is also a fashion icon and a philanthropist, giving his name, time, and money to a variety of charities around the world.