With the Euros well under way and into the knockout stages, the best of the best are left to shine on Europe's biggest stage.
So as the players battle it out to be crowned the kings of Europe, we wanted to find out who the kings of Instagram are and if they’re just as popular off the pitch as they are on it.
We have scoured the Instagram of each and every player of this year’s championship to find the most followed footballers of the Euros.
Of the most followed players per squad, seven apply their trade in the Premier League, making it the go-to league for any players looking to improve on their influencer status. Tottenham loanee Gareth Bale is Wales’ most popular player with 43.9m followers, accounting for 84% of Wales’ squad total. And teammate Harry Kane is England’s most followed player with 10.6m, accounting for 17% of England's squad total, making Tottenham Hotspur the league’s influencer hotspot.
Portugal has the most followed Euro 2020 squad, coming in top with 343,608,000 followers. However, a whopping 89% of these come from star player Cristiano Ronaldo, and the median number of followers across the team was in fact just 723,500. Additionally, Ronaldo’s following of 305m is greater than that of the bottom 18 nations combined. Whilst Ronaldo’s efforts were not enough to secure Portugal a place in the quarter-final they are enough to secure Portugal top spot here.
France were favourites to win this year’s tournament on the back of their 2018 World Cup success, and it seems their dominance is not just on the field with four French players making up the top ten in Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, and Antione Griezmann. France not only has the most players in the top ten, but they are also the only nation to have more than one player feature.
This may be the most influential starting eleven on social media, but such a strong line-up would also surely have a great chance of going on to win the tournament. In goal, Spain's David De Gea is the most followed goalkeeper at the competition with 11.2m followers. Meanwhile in defence, a following of 5.4m puts Netherlands’ Matthijs de Light among the most popular defenders and sees him partner up alongside Raphaël Varane, Jordi Alba, and David Alaba for a combined defensive following of 39.9m.
Taking a closer look at this year’s quarter finalists, these qualifying nations will be turning to these key men and their social media following to rally the fans back home.
Get into the Euros spirit by having your own kick about in some brand new Men's Sportswear or Women's Sportswear. Or if you prefer to sit on the side lines, how about taking advantage of the summer weather with some new garden furniture for the ultimate viewing experience.
*followings correct as of 28/06/21.
Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now