We are often captivated by the lives of athletes we watch, playing various sports, at peak physical fitness and we wonder what must it be like when they are off the field?
Do they really lead normal and ordinary lives like we do? What does an Olympic medalist or a Champions League winner do to be the best? How does Michael Phelps walk like a human and swim like a fish? Is Usain Bolt really a cheetah in disguise?
Social media has given us the ability to find out for ourselves by simply clicking the follow button on Instagram. With over 500 million users worldwide, Instagram is the favorite photo sharing platform of the world, including our favourite athletes.
Giving us a sneak peek into their lives, athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt show us the glitz, the glamour, and the perks of being a champion. We bring you a list of snap happy athletes on Instagram with a mammoth following.
The Real Madrid marksman is one of the most popular footballers in the world. One of the most active Instagram users, he has amassed more than 74 million followers on the platform where he offers his followers a glimpse into his extraordinary life on and off the football field.
A video posted by Usain St.Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) on
One half of the Williams sisters, the American tennis star is a powerhouse on the court and also off it. Currently holding the number one rank in the singles’ category, she is one of the most active and followed tennis players on Instagram with 4.1 million followers.
The fiery tempered captain of Real Madrid seldom smiles on the football field. Although his 11.5 million followers have the privilege of looking at a cheerful and happy version of the Spanish defender who is famous for his bust ups, flawless defending and unusual goal scoring abilities on the football field.
A photo posted by Sergio Ramos (@sr4oficial) on
The captain of the Indian team moonlights as the heartthrob of millions. His Instagram account boasts of 6.4 million followers and he regularly posts pictures on the photo sharing platform with his teammates and friends giving them a glimpse of the Indian cricket team’s dressing room shenanigans.
The most decorated Olympian in the history of the games is a man on land and a fish in the water. A household name since he first captivated the world with his underwater speed as a 15 year old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Michael Phelps might be the only amphibian on Instagram.
A photo posted by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on
The Chuck Norris of football does not comply by the rules of the commoners. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently announced his retirement from international football but delighted his fans a few days later. Never the one to play by the rules, he reaffirmed that when he announced his plans of joining Manchester United on his Instagram account. Traditionally, teams announce a new signing but with Zlatan, he announces the team.
The American gymnast is just 19 and already has 5 Olympic medals to her name. With her popularity skyrocketing after her impressive outing at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, Simone Biles’ Instagram followers already number at 2.9 million.
The Indian tennis star currently holds the number one rank in the Women’s Doubles category. She is credited with popularizing the sport among the Indian population when she burst onto the international tennis scene in 2003. She is immensely popular on Instagram with 1.9 million followers.
The Serbian is currently the number one ranked singles player in the world and is known for his cheerful nature. With 2.8 million followers on Instagram, he is one of the most popular tennis players in the world.
A photo posted by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on
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