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Top 5 most followed Indian football players on social media

Published at :March 16, 2024 at 7:39 PM
Modified at :March 16, 2024 at 7:39 PM
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Manav Chowdhury

These players have made a mark in Indian football and have a lot of social media following to boast about.

Social media plays a significant role in the daily lives of famous Indian football players, who invest considerable effort into managing their presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While some accounts are managed by media teams, others maintain a more personal touch.

Whether sharing the latest football jokes or a casual selfie, social media serves as a means to engage with fans and potentially generate additional income for players. It has become a vital tool for self-promotion, offering footballers a substantial platform to connect with their fanbase worldwide.

Here are the top five most followed Indian football players on social media:

5. Ashique Kuruniyan (Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

Kuruniyan, a winger with the ability to also excel as a wing-back, is highly acclaimed for his speed and relentless work ethic. His versatility on the field is widely recognized. With a substantial following of 327K on Instagram, 177K on Facebook, and 5.1K on Twitter (X), he has garnered significant fan support across social media platforms. Kuruniyan is not only a fan favourite but also a pivotal player for the Indian National Team, contributing significantly to its success.

4. Sandesh Jhingan (FC Goa)

Top 5 most followed Indian football players on social media Sandesh Jhingan FC Goa Indian National Team
Sandesh Jhingan is not only a wall in defence at FC Goa but also for the Indian NT. (Courtesy: ISL)

Jhingan, a top-tier defender renowned for his physical prowess and leadership qualities, clinched the AIFF Emerging Player of the Year award back in 2014. His journey continued to ascend as he earned his debut for the India national side in 2015, marking the commencement of his impactful international career. In a testament to his exceptional contributions to Indian football, Jhingan was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2020, a distinguished recognition within the Indian sporting realm.

As one of the senior-most players on the Indian team, Jhingan commands respect both on and off the pitch. His commanding presence and defensive prowess make him a linchpin of the squad. With a substantial social media following, including 334K followers on Instagram, 157.5K followers on Twitter (X), and 171K followers on Facebook, Jhingan has cultivated a significant fanbase eager to support him in his endeavours.

3. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Bengaluru FC)

He boasts an impressive array of accolades, including being the first Indian to compete in a competitive match for the first team of a top-division European club. He follows in the footsteps of notable predecessors such as Mohammed Salim, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, and Subrata Pal, solidifying his status as the fifth Indian to ply his trade professionally in Europe. Furthermore, he made history as the inaugural Indian player to grace the UEFA Europa League stage.

As the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for the National team, his performances continue to inspire and captivate audiences nationwide. His social media presence reflects his immense popularity, boasting a staggering 1M followers on Instagram, 75.6K followers on Twitter (X), and 201K followers on Facebook.

2. Sahal Abdul Samad (Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

Top 5 most followed Indian football players on social media Sahal Abdul Samad Mohun Bagan Indian National Team
Sahal Abdul Samad taking the pitch against his former club Kerala Blasters. (Courtesy: ISL)

Renowned for his exceptional dribbling skills and impressive pace, Sahal stands as one of the most esteemed footballers in the nation. Currently showcasing his talents with Mohun Bagan, he holds a special place in the hearts of fans who adore and cherish him dearly. As a key figure in the Indian national team, Sahal consistently earns his place as a starter, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

With a formidable social media presence, Sahal commands attention with 308K followers on Facebook, an impressive 1.3M followers on Instagram, and 51.5K followers on Twitter (X). This substantial following reflects the widespread admiration and support he garners across various platforms, further solidifying his status as a beloved figure in Indian football.

1. Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)

He stands as the third-highest international goalscorer among active players, trailing only behind the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Additionally, he holds the esteemed titles of the most-capped player and the all-time leading goalscorer for the Indian national team, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest footballers the nation has ever produced. Chhetri’s remarkable contributions to Indian football have earned him widespread admiration and respect.

In recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements, Chhetri was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2011 and the Padma Shri Award in 2019, India’s fourth-highest civilian award. His illustrious career reached new heights in 2021 when he received the prestigious Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting honour, becoming the first footballer to achieve this remarkable feat.

With an impressive social media following, Chhetri continues to captivate millions of fans with 7.4M followers on Instagram, 1.8M followers on Twitter (X), and 1.6M followers on Facebook. His immense popularity across various platforms further underscores his status as an iconic figure in Indian football.

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