If you’re looking for some extra motivation or inspiration, following top athletes on Instagram is an awesome way to do it. Following popular athletes can open up a whole new world of tips and tricks from the best in the game.
Not only will you get all the insider info on their training and diet routines, but also get amazing shots of their lives outside of sports – including how they stay motivated.
Plus, with so many athletes having massive followings on Instagram (think millions!), you’ll also get an opportunity to gain more followers yourself by piggybacking off these popular accounts.
By following your favorite athlete’s accounts, you can keep up-to-date with their posts, stories and updates which makes sure that you don’t see elsewhere.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s most renowned athletes. A five-time FIFA World Cup victor, he has achieved great success for each club he has played for – Manchester United and Real Madrid included – by winning major titles.
He boasts a large following on Instagram, a photo-sharing social media platform that enables users to post and share images and videos with their friends. With over one billion monthly active users, the app is expected to surpass 127 million by 2023.
Ronaldo’s Instagram presence is truly remarkable, with him topping the list of most followed celebrities on the platform. Additionally, he’s the most followed footballer with half a billion followers.
Lionel Messi, the Portuguese star, is the second most followed footballer on Instagram with 376 million followers. The Argentinian legend is currently in Qatar representing his country and hoping to win the FIFA World Cup 2022.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi of Argentina has had an exemplary year on Instagram. His account has reached 400 million followers and is the second-most followed soccer player on the app.
Over the past 30 days, he has shared images of himself with his family in Paris, postmatch pictures from Argentina’s World Cup win and promotional images and videos for various sponsors. Budweiser beer, Call of Duty and eFootball video games, energy drink Gatorade, crypto exchange Bitget and artificial eyewear firm Orcam have all paid for branded posts by the star.
Since Messi won the World Cup, his Instagram account has made millions of dollars through sponsored posts. Additionally, he has overtaken Kylie Jenner – who had previously been the most followed user on Instagram – as the most followed user.
3. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former WWE professional wrestler turned actor, is one of the most followed athletes on Instagram with 310 million followers. He shares motivational videos, workouts from his home gym and other short clips to promote himself or help others improve themselves.
He’s not afraid to share the hard truth either, as evidenced by a recent post where he opened up about being evicted from his home.
This type of honesty instills hope that even the toughest situations can be transformed. It’s an uplifting quality for celebrities to possess.
Dwayne often posts behind-the-scenes footage and photos from his projects, to honor those involved. From co-stars to his personal trainer, The Rock never fails to showcase the talent that comes along with him on set.
4. David Beckham
Soccer icon David Beckham has recently taken advantage of his social media presence to highlight the “amazing work” being done by medical professionals around the world. By handing over his Instagram account to a doctor in Ukraine, Beckham helped draw attention to this amazing initiative.
As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star turned over his Instagram account to Iryna, head of Kharkiv’s regional perinatal center. Through videos she posted, she illustrated the difficulties of caring for patients during wartime.
Iryna shared pictures of her impressive work as well as footage from a basement where babies receiving intensive care had to be evacuated for safety. She acknowledged the early days of Russia’s invasion as difficult but added that it has helped improve healthcare facilities in Ukraine. Furthermore, she encouraged her followers to donate money in support of organizations like UNICEF whose mission it is to guarantee children survive and thrive.