The Premier League is one of the most watched football competitions in the world.
It involves some of the largest European clubs, each with huge national and international fanbases.
As the new season of 2022-23 officially kicked off, the Premier League is at the top of sports streaming trends in the UK. Within the teams, individual players also have their supporters.
Below are the top five current Premier League players with the most followers across social media, namely Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Cristiano Ronaldo is convincingly in the lead, not just in the league, but as the most followed footballer overall.
Apart from breaking many football-related records, the Portuguese forward was the first person to reach 500 million followers on Facebook.
Ronaldo boasts an astonishing number of 740 million followers across the three platforms. The decorated footballer played for some of the best clubs in Europe, namely Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.
Upon rejoining Manchester United in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo’s hat-trick propelled him to the top of the highest goalscorers in men’s football history list. Currently, his record stands at an impressive 815 goals.
Ronaldo has won numerous individual awards, such as the Best FIFA Men’s Player twice, the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award three times, and Ballon d’Or five times. He was also instrumental in helping his teams win multiple notable titles like the La Liga, Fifa World Cup, and UEFA Champions League.
In 2020, the star became the first active footballer to surpass $1 billion in earnings. He has also expanded beyond football with his CR7 brand, hotels, and gyms.
Following closely with 86.1 million followers, the Egyptian footballer is a champion for Liverpool and a captain of the Egypt national team.
Salah is a prolific scorer praised for his speed, accuracy, and dribbling skill. Known as one of the quickest players to score 100 Premier League goals, he reached the milestone in just 151 games.
He has been an unstoppable force since he joined Liverpool in 2017 and has helped the club win medals in the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Premier League, UEFA Super Cup, and others.
Salah’s stellar performance won him the annual PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year titles twice. Outside the field, Salah is known for his philanthropic work in Egypt, particularly in his hometown of Nagrig.
David de Gea
Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the Spanish footballer currently plays for Manchester United and the Spain national team.
Upon signing for the Red Devils in 2011, De Gea had a difficult first season but has since established himself as a trusted player and fan favorite, with 41.9 million followers on social media.
He has made almost 500 appearances for Manchester United and has kept 168 clean sheets. With his help, the club acquired its 13th Premier League title in 2012-13, won the FA Cup for the 12th and the EFL Cup for the 5th time.
De Gea’s brilliant performance landed him the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year title on four occasions, equaling Ronaldo’s record.
In January 2022, he was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne, a Belgian attacking midfielder, plays for Manchester City and the Belgium national team.
The accomplished footballer made his debut in the Premier League with Chelsea in 2013, while his first season with Manchester City was in 2015.
His consistently high performance led to him being regarded as one of the world’s finest footballers and his generation, with almost 40 million fans across social media. De Bruyne is a creative midfielder and the king of assists on the field.
In 2019-20, he equaled Thierry Henry’s 2002-03 record for most assists in a single Premier League season and was awarded the Player of the Season title, which he received again in 2021-2022.
His achievements also include the UEFA Midfielder of the Year title, which he received for his fine performance in the 2019-20 Champions League.
There might be a theme going on here? Another Manchester United player lands on the list and this time it’s England’s very own – Marcus Rashford.
The flying winger has began playing in a more advanced positions as a forward. This move has correlated with an increase in goals, but does it also mean an increase in social media followers? With over 4.5 million twitter followers and over 11 million Instagram followers, Rashford, like many others on this list, has used his notoriety to bring about change in his community and across the U.K.
His initiative for free school meals has helped many families with young children and has received support from the government to further its reach.
On the field, Rashford has experienced a slow start to the 22/23 season, but there are flashes of brilliance to keep us hopeful.
The new season of the Premier League is still young. The event promises its audiences exciting matches and a display of skill on the field. Many eyes are on the players and their teams, as is evident from the number of followers.