Thursday 27th June 2019
- Famed USA co-captain and forward Alex Morgan wins the popularity contest for women’s football on Instagram, boasting 5million followers.
- In second place for popularity is Brazil’s Marta, with an impressive 3million followers.
- The Lionesses’ most famous player is winger/forward Toni Duggan with 330,000 followers – she narrowly misses out on top 20, placing as the 23rd most famous footballer on Instagram.
- USA takes the crown for the most famous women’s team, with 11 out of the top 20 players a part of the States’ team.
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup in full swing, it’s great to see more women in the sporting limelight.
Even if only for the duration of this event, female footballers are garnering much deserved attention across media presences. In particular, their Instagram followings.
And so, football ticket supplier Livefootballtickets.com wanted to see which footballers are currently claiming the top spots for popularity in women’s football. Specifically, the number of Instagram followers for footballers from all competing countries have been collected, to reveal the top 20 most popular players.
Which players are the most popular?
Unsurprisingly, the USA’s global icon Alex Morgan takes first place – she boasts an incredible 6.5million followers.
In second place is the Brazilian talent Marta with a likewise impressive 2.3million followers, and third place is claimed by Lieke Martens of the Netherlands with 1million.
Who places between 4th and 10th?
The next seven players with the most followers are, respectively:
Carli Lloyd (USA – 935,000), Cristiane (Brazil – 847,000), Julie Ertz (USA – 709,000), Ali Krieger (USA – 657,000), Megan Rapinoe (USA – 632,000), Andressa (Brazil – 604,000) and Kelley O’Hara (USA – 569,000).
Who places between 11th and 20th?
Finally, the remaining players to make the top 20 include:
Tobin Heath (USA – 557,000), Christen Press (USA – 553,000), Christiane Endler (Chile – 545,000), Bárbara (Brazil – 483,000), Ashlyn Harris (USA – 451,000), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria – 412,000), Andressinha (Brazil – 409,000), Mallory Pugh (USA – 392,000), Eugénie Le Sommer (France – 354,000) and Morgan Brian (USA – 353,000).
*Follower counts collected from https://www.instagram.com on 26/06/19.
Info courtesy of https://www.livefootballtickets.com/.
Image: REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo