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Top five most followed Indian footballers on Instagram

Published at :June 24, 2024 at 7:10 PM
Modified at :June 24, 2024 at 7:10 PM
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Bishal Deb


Instagram is used by several players to promote themselves for several reasons.

Indian football has seen significant growth over the past few years, with players not only making headlines for their performances on the field but also for their significant presence on social media.

Platforms like Instagram have revolutionized the way fans interact with their favorite football players, offering a window into their lives beyond the stadium. This connection is vital in a country where football is steadily gaining traction among a cricket-loving population.

From sharing training routines and match-day experiences to glimpses of their personal lives, these Indian football players use Instagram to inspire, motivate and connect with millions of fans. 

The following is a list of the top five most followed Indian football players on Instagram:

5) CK Vineeth (467K followers)

A beloved figure in Kerala football, CK Vineeth is a surprising yet deserving entry on this list with 467K followers. The two-time I-League winner gained popularity while playing for Kerala Blasters, scoring stunning long-range goals.

Vineeth has also represented the Indian national football team seven times. In 2022, he co-founded the F13 Football Academy, which provides free training for underprivileged kids. His contributions to football and his community have made him a cherished figure among fans.

4) Rahul KP (763K followers)

Kerala Blasters’ young winger, Rahul KP, is the fourth most popular Indian footballer on Instagram, boasting 763K followers. Rahul represented India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 and is known for his exceptional speed, explosiveness, and dribbling ability.

His stunning goal against China in the 2023 Asian Games, which marked India’s first goal in the tournament in 13 years, has cemented his place in the hearts of Indian football fans. Rahul is an active Instagram user who frequently engages with his followers.

3) Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (1.4M followers)

Considered the wall of the Indian football team, Gurpreet is another highly popular Indian footballer with a significant Instagram following. Recognized as one of India’s best goalkeepers for over a decade, Gurpreet has participated in three AFC Asian Cups and received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2019.

He made history as the first Indian football player to play in the UEFA Europa League with Stabæk of Norway. These achievements contribute to his widespread popularity on Instagram, where he actively shares his on and off-pitch activities and connects with fans.

2) Sahal Abdul Samad (1.4M followers)

With 1.4 million followers, Sahal Abdul Samad is the second most followed Indian football player on Instagram. He is considered one of the best playmakers India has ever seen. Sahal also played a key role in helping India win the SAFF Championship titles in 2021 and 2022.

Sahal rose to popularity during his six-season stint with Kerala Blasters, where he became extremely popular among Kerala fans. In June 2020, Sahal auctioned his national team jersey which he wore during the World Cup qualifiers and donated the proceeds to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to support COVID-19 prevention efforts.

1) Sunil Chhetri (8M followers)

Sunil Chhetri is the most-followed Indian football player on Instagram with a whopping 8 million Instagram followers. The Indian legend recently retired from international football in a match against Kuwait.

His sensational tally of 94 goals places him fourth on the all-time list of international goal-scorers, right behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ali Daei and Lionel Messi.

Among his many achievements, Chhetri has won the AIFF Player of the Year award seven times and has led India to four SAFF Championship victories.

These accomplishments, along with numerous other accolades, have made him one of the most loved athletes in the Indian sports community who inspires fans with his performances on and off the field.

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