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Top five most followed Indian football players on Facebook

Published at :June 15, 2024 at 3:30 PM
Modified at :June 15, 2024 at 4:19 PM
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Manav Chowdhury

Facebook is a part of social media where various players share their emotions.

A player’s global popularity may be determined by the number of social media followers (Facebook) he has. Furthermore, players with a huge number of social media followers are in great demand by the big brands in the world. Therefore, any celebrity can use social media as a tool to increase his popularity. Because in this way a celebrity may showcase his or her worth to the wider populace.

Social media has massive repercussions on the sports industry and it’s impact will continue to grow over time. Before the internet, athletes were not as socially famous, but today they have the highest level of interaction and engagement with their fans. Among the myriad platforms that dominate the online realm, Facebook distinguishes itself as a highly-favoured and influential platform, boasting millions of active users globally.

Here we will take a look at the top five most followed Indian football players on Facebook:

5. Sandesh Jhingan – 170K

Top five most followed Indian players on Facebook.
Sandesh Jhingan is one of the most brilliant defenders in India. (Image Source: ISL)

He is probably the best centre-back for the Indian football team and is well-known among Indian football fans. He has played for some big clubs in India and is a regular player for the national team. Till now, he has played 63 international matches and is also a player with leadership qualities.

Jhingan was honoured with the Arjuna Award, the second-highest sporting honour of India. He is also the recipient of the 2020–21 AIFF Men’s Player of the Year. Not only do his teammates love and appreciate him but coaches also admire him a lot. He has a following on Facebook of 170k.

4. Ashique Kuruniyan – 177K

For quite some time he has been not able to play matches because of an ACL injury. He is in the recovery phase and most likely will be back on the pitch. He is a player who can play as a winger as well as a wing-back.

With his pace and physicality he is able to beat defenders. He is not only a fan-favourite but also a crucial part of the Blue Tigers. Till now, he has made 34 appearances for the national team. Kuruniyan has 177k followers on Facebook.

3. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 200K

Top five most followed Indian players on Facebook.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu plays a crucial for India between the sticks. (Image Source: AIFF)

He is the No. 1 for the Blue Tigers and even though for some time he has not been in his best form, the national team head coach has kept faith with him. Henceforth, after Sunil Chhetri’s retirement, he will lead the Indian team.

He has all the qualities to become a leader of the team and with his commanding presence at the back, the team feels much safer. On Facebook he has 200k followers.

2. Sahal Abdul Samad – 309K

Sahal is probably one of the best midfielders in India at present due to his versatility. He is capable of threatening the opposition. He is a player who can dribble past multiple players with ease and is good at drawing fouls.

Even though he is a bit inconsistent with his performances, still fans love and respect him a lot. He has consistently earned his place as a starter, contributing significantly to the team’s success. Since Sahal is from Kerala, he has a huge fan-following on social media platforms.

1. Sunil Chhetri – 1.7m

Top five most followed Indian players on Facebook.

The captain, leader, legend has retired from international football but he will still be involved in club football. Sunil Chhetri is the Indian footballer who has the highest fan-following on every social media platform. He is the most capped player of the national team featuring in 151 matches.

A few years ago he also received the prestigious Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour and become the first footballer to get it. In his whole international career he scored 94 goals and most probably the upcoming season will be the last time we will see him playing for Bengaluru FC.

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