The 16 most influential athletes on the planet with the biggest social media followings

  • Athletes are some of the most famous and powerful individuals on the planet, and many are amongst the world's most-followed people on social media.
  • Online Casinos created a 2020 Influence Index to determine which sports superstars are the world's most influential.
  • Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list, followed by Neymar, Lionel Messi, and LeBron James.
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16. Zlatan Ibrahimović

Sport: Soccer

Team: Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United/LA Galaxy/AC Milan

Age: 38

Instagram Followers: 43,503,242

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 6,517,486

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 50,020,728

15. Mohamed Salah

Sport: Soccer

Team: Liverpool

Age: 28

Instagram Followers: 39,457,896

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 12,641,669

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 52,099,565

14. Luis Suárez

Sport: Soccer

Team: Ajax/Liverpool/FC Barcelona

Age: 33

Instagram Followers: 38,121,199

YouTube Subscribers: 11,400

Twitter Followers: 16,118,974

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 54,251,573

13. Sachin Tendulkar

Sport: Cricket

Team: Mumbai (retired)

Age: 47

Instagram Followers: 24,574,857

YouTube Subscribers: 360,000

Twitter Followers: 33,156,702

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 58,091,559

12. Andrés Iniesta

Sport: Soccer

Team: FC Barcelona/Vissel Kobe

Age: 36

Instagram Followers: 34,444,496

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 24,772,429

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 59,216,925

11. Sergio Ramos

Sport: Soccer

Team: Real Madrid

Age: 34

Instagram Followers: 39,696,454

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 17,307,923

TikTok Followers: 2,800,000

Total Social Media Following: 59,804,377

10. Marcelo

Sport: Soccer

Team: Real Madrid

Age: 32

Instagram Followers: 44,996,190

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 11,915,625

TikTok Followers: 3,600,000

Total Social Media Following: 60,511,815

9. Gareth Bale

Sport: Soccer

Team: Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid

Age: 31

Instagram Followers: 43,206,970

YouTube Subscribers: 17,800

Twitter Followers: 18,339,325

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 61,564,095

8. David Beckham

Sport: Soccer

Team: Manchester United/Real Madrid/LA Galaxy (retired)

Age: 45

Instagram Followers: 63,660,965

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: N/A

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 63,660,965

7. James Rodríguez

Sport: Soccer

Team: Everton

Age: 29

Instagram Followers: 45,886,705

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 18,658,946

TikTok Followers: 2,000,000

Total Social Media Following: 66,545,651

6. Ronaldinho

Sport: Soccer

Team: FC Barcelona (retired)

Age: 40

Instagram Followers: 51,402,357

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 19,350,343

TikTok Followers: 560,600

Total Social Media Following: 71,313,300

5. Virat Kohli

Sport: Cricket

Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Age: 31

Instagram Followers: 68,627,628

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 36,656,402

TikTok Followers: 36,000

Total Social Media Following: 105,320,030

4. LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Instagram Followers: 68,351,041

YouTube Subscribers: N/A

Twitter Followers: 46,715,768

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 115,066,809

3. Lionel Messi

Sport: Soccer

Team: FC Barcelona

Age: 33

Instagram Followers: 159,312,992

YouTube Subscribers: 873,000

Twitter Followers: 2,950,259

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 163,136,251

2. Neymar

Sport: Soccer

Team: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Age: 28

Instagram Followers: 139,732,634

YouTube Subscribers: 2,070,000

Twitter Followers: 47,864,954

TikTok Followers: 3,600,000

Total Social Media Following: 193,267,588

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Sport: Soccer

Team: Juventus F.C.

Age: 35

Instagram Followers: 230,237,225

YouTube Subscribers: 1,560,000

Twitter Followers: 86,303,186

TikTok Followers: N/A

Total Social Media Following: 318,100,411

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