From Messi, Ronaldo, to Ibrahimovic, Instagram offers behind-the-scenes access to players we idolize and adore.

Here are the top ten most followed footballers on Instagram.

10. Andrea Iniesta

Instagram Fans: 36.5 million

The Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has a massive global following on Instagram.

Most recently, the Spaniard has been keeping followers up-to-date on his latest experiences in Japan as part of J-League club Vissel Kobe.

A true family man, Iniesta also shares glimpses of his life at home with his wife and kids.


Instagram Fans: 43.9 million

The Welsh international and Real Madrid wantaway Gareth Bale is popular property on Instagram.

He uses the platform to spread the word about his charity efforts, keep fans updated on his gameplay at Madrid, and of course, demonstrate his love for the game of golf.


Instagram Fans: 46.6 million

The Colombia star splashed onto the world stage in the 2014 World Cup, ranking as the best player in the group stage. He signed for La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid which expanded his reach even further.

From selfies, workouts, to game highlights and family photos, James makes sure to keep his account fresh.

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Instagram Fans: 47.7 million

The Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic knows a thing or two about marketing.

Zlatan uses visual platform to share updates about his latest club whereabouts (currently at AC Milan), spread the word about business partnerships, and show fans a behind the scenes look at his passion for martial arts and eternal Zlatan greatness.

6. Marcelo

Instagram Fans: 47.7 million

Arguably the best left back in the world, Brazilian stalwart Marcelo gives his fans a glimpse into his mind and life with family photos, Madrid moments, and motivational messages.