India is a country with several avid sports lovers and the majority of them are more inclined towards cricket. However, in the last couple of decades, the Indian sports fans have built up a reasonable liking towards football as well. With the surge in the number of fans who eat, dream, and sleep the beautiful game in India, the fan base of the biggest stars of football has also seen a steady rise in the country. People would show interest in cricketers as much as they would in a Cristiano Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi game. In the following lines, we will have a look at the top five global football stars who have had the most fan following in India.
The five times Ballon D’or winner is arguably the best player to ever grace football and has a huge fan following all over the world including India. With more than 244 million followers on Instagram, which makes him the most followed human being on this planet, the Portuguese football player is one of the stars of the game. The former Real Madrid forward, who currently plays for the Italian Serie A club Juventus, is one of the biggest global icons and has turned himself into one of the most loved global football stars in the eyes of the Indian football fanatics.
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When Ronaldo is at the top of the list, who can his arch-nemesis Lionel Messi be far away? The Argentine skipper has a little over 155 million followers on Instagram and is adored heavily by the Indian football fans. In India, teams like Brazil and Argentina have their loyal fan base, which is one of the factors that the FC Barcelona star has a special place in the hearts of Indian fans.
Yes, you guessed it right! The third name is of the Brazilian star Neymar Jr. Like Ronaldo and Messi, he is also the captain of the national team and belongs to a rich football heritage, which is very popular in India. Just like Argentina, there are many Brazil fans in India as well and this helps in making Neymar one of the most adored footballers in this country. He has a fan following of around 140 million on Instagram.
The former England captain is one of the most loved footballers in India. With an Instagram follower count of 60.2 million, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United stars have a strong supporter base around the globe including India.
Former Brazil and FC Barcelona star have 50.5 million people following him on Instagram, out of which a significant number belongs to the Indian population. His antics against England in the 2002 World Cup, where he helped Brazil lift the trophy, helped his cause as well.