Social media allows engaging athletes to stay connected to their fans and give insight into their personal lives, training regimens and charity work. It’s no surprise that many athletes have taken well to many social media sites.
This past year was quite a period of memories for many athletes. The use of Instagram amongst athletes has been especially noted since the 2012 Summer Olympics. Futbol (soccer) players have had a lot of popularity in regards to Twitter and many NBA stars have gained quite a few fans on Instagram since London. The athletes in our top five are also known to engage with their followers on some topics.
So let’s bring in the New Year by taking a look at some of the most popular athletes on twitter and Instagram. They’re sure to make more of a social media impact in 2014.
Enjoy the list and take a peek at these athletes’ tweets and photos.
The Most Engaging Athletes on Twitter
Twitter has been around for quite a while now, and since its inception it has always been a good place to find some engaging athletes. But who sits atop that mountain? Read on to find out.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (@KAKA)
Better known as Kaká, the AC Milan midfielder has nearly 17,723,512 followers. His tweets are primarily in Portuguese.
Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho)
The Brazilian superstar who formerly played for Atletico Mineiro as a midfielder has 8,171,229 followers. Good news for his many followers is that they may see him in action again soon.
***Shaquille O’Neal (@SHAQ), former NBA star, receives an honorable mention in the Twitter section with 7,942,190 followers.***
The Most Engaging Athletes on Instagram
Though it hasn’t been around as long as Twitter, Instagram can be another gold mine to find engaging athletes. Below I have listed some of the best follows on the photo sharing site.
Dwyane Wade (@dwyanewade)
The Miami Heat point guard enjoys sharing photos of his family and his love of luxury with his 2,436,446 Instagram followers.
Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper)
Rounding out our most engaging athletes on Instagram is the Oklahoma City Thunder Forward. Durant has over 600 photos to entertain his 2,028,560 followers.
The Most Engaging Athletes on Twitter AND Instagram
Sure it’s great to have a strong presence on Twitter. And there’s nothing wrong with having a strong following on Instagram. But who is proving to reign supreme on both social media platforms? Check out the most engaging athletes below.
Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano)
The Real Madrid winger certainly has quite a following on twitter, with 23,544,133 followers to be exact. The soccer player often tweets photos of himself during his personal time as well as game-time/training photos.
One of his last tweets of 2013 was mentioned for his unique way of ending the year. The Soccer superstar also has nearly 69 million followers on Facebook. He has nearly 1 billion fans between Twitter and Facebook. To put that into perspective, about 14% of the world’s population (at least those with access to social networking and internet) are fans of Ronaldo!
On Instagram, the Portuguese megastar blends professionally taken action shots with candid pics snapped around the Real Madrid training ground.
Getting ready for next year with the last massage. pic.twitter.com/bNRTKrHXiE
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 31, 2013
LeBron James (@KingJames)
The Miami Heat star recently turned 29 on Dec. 30, 2013, and has arguably better stats that Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He currently has 10,912,928 followers on Twitter. The basketball star likes to stay engaged on Twitter as well, tweeting about current events and sports.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! #StriveForGreatness
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 1, 2014
The Miami Heat star also has 4,448,185 followers and 536 posts on Instagram.
Neymar Júnior (@NeymarJr)
The FC Barcelona Striker has 9,452,134 Twitter followers. His tweets are also primarily in his native Spanish, where most of his online presence exists.
Additionally, Neymar has 3,498,342 followers on Instagram. With nearly 2000 photos he is one of the most prolific athletes on Instagram.
Do you have any engaging athletes on Twitter and Instagram that come to mind? Let us know in the comments below!