Most people are interested in fashion, beauty and food as the most popular themes on social media to follow. But sport has its own fans too. From fitness instructors to real athletes and famous sports people.
There are billions of sports fans around the world and all of them are using Instagram. That being said, this is a huge opportunity for fans to get closer to their favourite athletes. Instagram became the greatest platform for a sportsperson to express the realities of their everyday lives. Or a glimpse of the reality that they choose to show us. This results in even greater connection between athletes and their fans.
If you ever wondered which athletes accounts to follow, we have prepared for you a list of 101 Top Instagram athletes accounts to follow. Grab a cup of coffee cause this will be a long journey.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Everyone knows who Cristiano Ronaldo is, no matter if you are a football fan or not. He has been number one most popular sports person for years. People like to follow him and his life, more than his career, due to his charm and good looking.
2. Leo Messi
Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentina national team. There he earned renown as one of the greatest players in history, helping his club win more than two dozen league titles and tournaments.
3. Neymar Jr
Neymar is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world. Neymar came into prominence at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores; the latter being Santos’ first since 1963.
4. LeBron James
Lebron James is famous for many reasons. He is widely considered as the greatest basketball player, only next to Michel Jordan. Straight outa High School, he came to NBA and till now after 17 years in NBA, he is still dominating the game. He is exactly the definition of “superstardom”
5. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović is football player who has played at almost every league in football. Sponsored by Nike, he is the winger of Sweden’s national football team. 34 years old, and playing for 14 seasons, he has won the top tier league for 12 times.
6. Paul Labile Pogba
He was a product of the Manchester united academy and was also coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He graduated from the academy to first team football at Old Trafford. At Juventus, he became an overnight sensation, a world class professional football player.
7. JJ Watt
He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times – but he did just as much off of it. In 2017, Watt was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, an award given to an NFL player who has “a significant positive impact on his community.
8. Mohamed Salah
Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. Salah started his senior career with Egyptian club Al Mokawloon, departing shortly thereafter to join Swiss side Basel for an undisclosed fee
9. Conor McGregor
Conor is a good fighter. But he never was the best fighter in the world at any time. He became famous because of his mouth and because casuals loved talk more than action.
10. Wardell Curry
With three NBA championships, two NBA MVP awards, six all-star designations, and recognition by many as basketball’s best shooter ever, Golden State Warriors point guard Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II is one of the world’s most famous athletes and celebrities — in part for his consistent hitting of unbelievably long
11. Israel Adesanya
Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, and former kickboxer and boxer. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion.
12. Dr. Shaquille O’neal
Retired NBA superstar and well-known nickname enthusiast Shaquille O’Neal has a new moniker: The Good Doctor. … O’Neal earned his first degree from Louisiana State University in 2000, eight years after he left the school early to play in the NBA.
13. Dwyane Wade
There aren’t many players that utilize their athleticism on defense as well as Wade. We already know that he’s a lockdown individual defender and an even better team defender, but Wade is also notorious for his shot-blocking ability which goes unmatched by any guard in history aside from Michael Jordan.
14. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is a Most Valuable Player Award winner. He is regularly an All-Star (nine times in 12 seasons) and will almost assuredly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his career ends. He has led the league in scoring twice and once scored 43 points in an N.B.A. finals game.
15. Odell Beckham
Beckham became the first player to record more than 75 receptions, 1,100 yards, and ten touchdowns in a rookie season, and broke the rookie record for the most average receiving yards per game. In 2016, he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards.
16. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is famous for revolutionizing women’s tennis with her powerful style of play and for winning more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other woman or man during the open era.
17. Mick Fanning
In the process, Mick Fanning cemented his legacy as one of Australia’s greatest surfing heroes. He emerged from a deep pool of talent based out of Coolangatta, on Australia’s famed Gold Coast of Queensland.
18. Kamaru Usman
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduated folkstyle wrestler. He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion.
19. Kevin Durant
As a professional, he has won two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, two Finals MVP Awards, two NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals.
20. Anthony Joshua
He won Olympic gold during the London Olympics and is very personable plus quite handsome, he`s a heavyweight world champ that`s British, Britain always goes nuts whenever a Brit wins the heavyweight title, he had an epic fight vs a legend.
21. Chris Paul
He’s a surefire future Hall of Famer. He ranks third behind Magic Johnson and John Stockton on the NBA assists per game list. He holds the record for most consecutive games with a steal (108) and is the only player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals two straight seasons.
22. Usain St.Leo Bolt
Usain Bolt, in full Usain St. Leo Bolt, (born August 21, 1986, Montego Bay, Jamaica), Jamaican sprinter who won gold medals in the 100-metre and 200-metre races in an unprecedented three straight Olympic Games and is widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time
23. Paul George
Paul George was named All-NBA third team a few times, which George intimated on social media as underrated. A couple of NBA preseason player rankings say that he used to be a top 10 talent. George was listed at No. 9 by Sports Illustrated and No. 8 by Bleacher Report back in 2016. On the Basketball Monsters list, he came at No. 14.
24. Lonzo Ball
He is a basketball genius and his accuracy in throwing the ball remains unmatched. Lonzo is also known for the energy he brings to the game. He played with the ‘UCLA Bruins’ in college before he was selected for the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ of the ‘National Basketball Association.
25. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is ranked No. 8 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
26. Klay Thompson
Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). … A three-time NBA champion with the Warriors, he is a five-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree.
27. Tom Brady
Tom Brady, in full Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., (born August 3, 1977, San Mateo, California, U.S.), American gridiron football quarterback who led his teams to a record seven Super Bowl victories (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021) and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) five time.
28. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony, byname Melo, (born May 29, 1984, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American professional basketball player who was one of the most prolific scorers in National Basketball Association (NBA) history.
29. Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk, in full Anthony Frank Hawk, (born May 12, 1968, San Diego, California, U.S.), American professional skateboarder who—through his technical innovations, successful equipment and apparel companies, and tireless promotional work—helped the sport of skateboarding..
30. LaMelo Ball
An American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). … He was selected by the Hornets with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2021.
31. Jon Bones Jones
Jonathan Dwight Jones is an American professional mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he has competed in the light heavyweight division.
32. Ben Simmons
Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association.
33. Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
34. Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Alexander Kuzma is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
35. Russell Wilson
Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
36. Nate Diaz
Nathan Donald Diaz is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship
37. John Wall
Wall plays the point guard position and is a five-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Team in 2017. He was traded to Houston in 2020.
38. Maria Sharapova
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian former professional tennis player. Although she played under the banner of Russia with the Women’s Tennis Association, she has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994
39. Rob Gronkowski
Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed “Gronk”, is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously played nine seasons for the New England Patriots.
40. Simone Biles
Simone Arianne Biles is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and is widely considered to be the greatest and most dominant female gymnast of all time.
41. Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
42. Blake Griffin
Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.
43. Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He initially played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football.
44. Michael Phelps
Michael Fred Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events.
45. Kevin Love
Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.
46. JuJu Smith-Schuster
John Sherman “JuJu” Smith-Schuster is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at USC, where he was a Rose Bowl champion in his junior year, before declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.
47. Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals.
48. Benjamin Mendy
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Premier League club Manchester City and the France national team.
49. Bakhar Nabieva
Bakhar Nabieva (AKA) “Miss Iron Bum” was born in Baku – Azerbaijan, and now lives in western Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. She’s famous for her awesome physique and incredible legs which took years of dedication, hard work, and dieting to create.
50. Julian Edelman
Julian Francis Edelman is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons with the New England Patriots.
51. Kelly Slater
Robert Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer, best known for his unprecedented 11 world surfing championship wins. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional surfer of all time.
52. Shareef O’Neal
Shareef Rashaun O’Neal is an American college basketball player for the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference. The son of Hall of Fame player Shaquille O’Neal, he attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California.
53. Paige VanZant
Paige Michelle VanZant, is an American mixed martial artist, author, and model. VanZant was signed to the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In August 2020, VanZant signed a contract to fight exclusively in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
54. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed between 1996 and 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017.
55. Cody Garbrandt
Cody Ray Allen Garbrandt is an American professional mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Garbrandt claimed the UFC Bantamweight Championship by defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, handing Cruz his first defeat in almost a decade
56. Donald Cerrone
Donald Anthony Cerrone, known professionally by his nickname “Cowboy”, is an American mixed martial artist and former professional kickboxer. He currently fights in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
57. Tony Fergusonxt
U.S. Anthony Armand Ferguson Padilla (born February 12, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Lightweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
58. Jo Lindner
Jo Linder is a German fitness sensation, known for his ripped and aesthetic physique. There are a vast number of videos and pictures of Jo online, showing his commitment to the fitness lifestyle.
59. Max Holloway
Jerome Max Keli’i Holloway is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2010, Holloway became the UFC Featherweight Champion when he defeated José Aldo on June 3, 2017, before defending the title three times.
60. Jorge Masvidal
Jorge Masvidal is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Masvidal has been competing professionally since 2003; he has also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road.
61. Rickie Fowler
Rick Yutaka Fowler is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks in 2007 and 2008. On January 24, 2016 he reached a career high fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
62. Andy Murray
Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. He has been ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals for 41 weeks, and finished as the year-end No. 1 in 2016
63. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk is a Polish professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer. She currently competes in the women’s Flyweight and women’s Strawweight divisions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.
64. Francis Ngannou
Francis Zavier Ngannou is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is known for being the hardest recorded puncher in history.
65. Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko is a Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. She currently competes in the women’s Flyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the current UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion.
66. Michelle Waterson
Michelle Eileen Waterson is an American mixed martial artist and model who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Between 2013 and 2014, she was ranked the No. 1 women’s atomweight fighter in the world.
67. Anthony Pettis
Anthony Paul Pettis is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to the Professional Fighters League. Pettis formerly fought in the Welterweight, Lightweight, and Featherweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion.
68. Dustin Poirier
Dustin Glenn Poirier is an American professional mixed martial artist and philanthropist. He is a former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion. As of June 13, 2021, he is #1 in the UFC lightweight rankings and as of June 13, 2021, he is #6 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings
69. Desean Jackson
DeSean William Jackson is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He played college football for the California Golden Bears, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American in 2006 and 2007.
70. Chad Johnson
Chad Javon Johnson, known from 2008 to 2012 as Chad Ochocinco, is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football for Santa Monica College and Oregon State University, and played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins.
71. Christian McCaffrey
Christian Jackson McCaffrey is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football at Stanford and was drafted by the Panthers eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
72. Zac Aynsley
Zac Aynsley AKA Mr. Biceps is a famous British fitness model, personal trainer, and a TV personality known for his impressive biceps. However, Zac wasn’t always the model of strength he is today. In his childhood and throughout his teens, he was underweight, malnourished, and ate a very poor diet.
73. Earl Thomas III
Earl Winty Thomas III is an American football free safety who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. During his time with the Seahawks, he was a core member of the Legion of Boom defense and won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos
74. James Harrison
He is a former American football linebacker. He played college football for Kent State University and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Harrison won two Super Bowls with the Steelers: XL and XLIII. In 2008, he became the only undrafted player to be named Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Harrison was known for his hard-hitting style during games.
75. TJ Dillashaw
Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, in which he is the former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. He entered the promotion as a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.
76. Tom Coleman
English bodybuilder who is a World Beauty Fitness and Fashion professional. He is also an Ultimate Sports Nutrition athlete.
77. Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman competitor and winner of the 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 World’s Strongest Man competitions. In 2011, he became the first man to win the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man contests in the same calendar year, a feat he replicated in 2015.
78. Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Hill was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He attended Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and University of West Alabama.
79. Regan Grimes
Regan Grimes is a Canadian professional bodybuilder who has been training in the gym since he was 17. However, Regan’s reasons for working out have greatly changed over the years. When Regan first entered the gym, he just wanted to get bigger and stronger for motocross races.
80. Tony Sentmanat
Tony Sentmanat is a Marine Corps Veteran and retired Law Enforcement SWAT Operator with over 22 years of Real World experience. He is a life long practitioner in Mixed Martial Arts with extensive experience as a Law Enforcement Combative’s Trainer and has been a Firearms Instructor for over 20 years.
81. Dominick Cruz
Dominick Rojelio Cruz is an American professional mixed martial artist, who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion and was also the final bantamweight titleholder of World Extreme Cagefighting.
82. Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic is an American professional mixed martial artist and firefighter-paramedic. He is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he competes in the heavyweight division and is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion
83. Alex Caruso
Alex Michael Caruso is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies, earning second-team all-conference honors in the Southeastern Conference as a senior in 2016.
84. Mike Rashid
Born March 14, 1979, Mike Rashid is a former amateur boxer currently working as a power bodybuilder and online fitness guru from the United States. Rashid is also the CEO and founder of fitness gear and clothing company Alpha Academy Apparel and the CEO of Interstellar Media
85. Sugar Sean O’Malley
Sean Daniel O’Malley is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
86. Darren Till
Darren Till is an English professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer. He currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger. As of May 24, 2021, he is #7 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
87. DK Metcalf
DeKaylin Zecharius “DK” Metcalf is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football at Ole Miss. He is the son of former NFL guard Terrence Metcalf.
88. Joe Lauzon
Joseph Edward Lauzon Jr. is an American professional mixed martial artist, competing in the UFC’s Lightweight division. A well-rounded fighter, he is tied with Nate Diaz in having the third most post-fight bonus awards in UFC history, behind Donald Cerrone and Charles Oliveira.
89. Justin Gaethje
Justin Ray Gaethje is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
90. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo began playing basketball for the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Athens
91. Claire P Thomas
Claire P Thomas is a fitness model, brand ambassador, and ex. track athlete. Her story in fitness began while she was still a child. Every night before bed, Claire would do push ups and sit ups as her own little challenge
92. TJ Watt
Trent Jordan “T. J.” Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. His older brothers are J. J.
93. Robert Whittaker
Robert John Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian professional mixed martial artist who is based in Sydney. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former UFC Middleweight Champion
94. Aaron Donald
Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American and was drafted by the Rams with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft
95. Celia Gabbiani
Celia Gabbiani is a professional CrossFit athlete originally from Marmande, France. Her journey started when she was 10 years old
96. Paulo Costa
Paulo Henrique Costa is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a Middleweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of October 26, 2020, he is #2 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
97. Lawrence Guy
Lawrence Thomas Guy is an American football defensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Prior to being drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Guy played college football at Arizona State University. He has also played with the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, and San Diego Chargers.
98. Victoria Azarenka
Victória Fyódorovna Azárenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player. Azarenka is a former world No. 1 in singles, having claimed the top ranking for the first time on 30 January 2012. She was the year-end No. 1 in 2012 and has held the top ranking for a combined total of 51 weeks
99. Jordyn Wieber
Jordyn Marie Wieber is an American former artistic gymnast turned gymnastics coach who is the current head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics team, assuming the position in April 2019 following the retirement of long-time head coach Mark Cook.
100. Santia Deck
Santia Deck is an American athlete. She started her career as a fitness trainer and gained a following on social media through her workouts and flag football skills
101. Michelle Wie West
Michelle Sung Wie West is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Wie also became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event