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In the wake of the World Cup, every big screen is tuned into the battle between nations. The world’s soccer obsession is once again at full speed, with athletes capitalizing on this trending topic. Players have brought the sport off the field and onto social media. So next time you’re scrolling through Instagram on a commercial break, make sure to check out these soccer stars!
Top 10 Soccer Stars You Should Be Following on Instagram
By Sophie Kasler
With a following of 135 million, Cristiano Ronaldo kicks off this list of famed footballers! This Portuguese player dominates Instagram with highlight reels from his latest plays and ad campaigns with big-name brands Nike and Electronic Arts. If his feed isn’t impressive enough, his five league championship titles and Ballon d’Or awards surely draw the sponsors to his door. Ronaldo has made headlines once again, climbing the salary ladder to the third highest paid athlete in the world, as the newest addition to the Italian club Juventus.
No Shave November has come early this year, with Lionel Messi as the month’s sexy spokesman. This bearded babe has drafted over 97 million followers with action shots and family photos. While the score may never be settled between Messi and archrival Ronaldo, no one can deny that both beauties are GOALS.
This Brazilian beast has impressive stats both on and off the field. His FC Barcelona bromance with Messi has warmed the hearts of nearly 100 million followers, with sentimental shots of the dynamic duo. While he may not have made it to the World Cup finals, you can still root for him on Instagram and Twitter.
What do David Beckham and cheese have in common? They both age incredibly well. Despite retirement, this 43-year-old father of four has yet to lose relevance. Fatherhood looks great on Beckham, landing him the title of “Dad I’d Like to Follow” of the century.
With his smoldering smile and chiseled chest, it’s no wonder James Rodriguez draws the attention of millions. As People En Español’s Sexiest Man, Rodriguez has been upholding his title with post-game pictures and shirtless shots. This up and coming Colombian soccer star is definitely a worthy match for the follow!
The “man bun” is back, with Bale’s bun as its leading defendant! Whether it’s his finely crafted hairstyle or enticing charisma, this Welsh warrior has accumulated a following of over 35 million. Follow Bale to kick off your day with a dose of this bunned beauty!
Sydney Leroux Dwyer
Blessed are our northern neighbors for sending us this Canadian bombshell. Alongside MLS husband Dom Dwyer, this power player has captivated an audience of over 1 million followers, filling her feed with family photos and sexy swimsuit shots. This fierce forward is a must-follow to keep up with the US National Soccer family.
Model, medalist, and debuted actress, Alex Morgan is America’s sweetheart! This triple threat just released the family film Alex & Me starring the one and only Morgan, herself. As a major player in the soccer industry, Morgan is no stranger to sponsors, partnering with Coca-Cola and Walgreens for televised campaigns.
While her show-stopping saves have put Hope Solo in the spotlight, this feisty goalie is not afraid of the shade. Solo resorts to social media with her tongue-in-cheek remarks on the latest in the soccer universe. For the sake of our entertainment, here’s to hoping Solo never leaves social media!
This freestyle footballer is exploding on Instagram! Her fancy footwork has over 1.5 million followers glued to their screens, with clips showcasing her street style and skills. Follow this French footballer to get you off the bench on your feet!
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