Many of the world’s best athletes are active on Instagram. It’s a great way for athletes to connect with their fans off the field. And for these 12, game-day skills translate into social dominance. These are the top 12 athletes that you NEED to follow on Instagram.
Stephen Curry @stephencurry30 | 7.5m followers
With by far the largest following on this list, there’s no reason not to follow the reigning NBA MVP and defending champ. Between going behind the scenes of Steph’s life and watching the dubsmashes with his wife, there are very few on his level.
Russell Westbrook @russwest44 | 3.4m followers
As one of the best-dressed athletes on the planet, Russ needs to be on this list. Whether he’s showing off his latest look, sharing his charity work, or gushing about his wife, this man is one of best athlete Instagrammers out there.
Serena Williams @serenawilliams | 2.7m followers
A force on the court, a fashion icon off it. If you want a look into the life of one of the most dominant athletes who’s ever lived, this is it.
James Harden @jharden13 | 2.6m followers
James’ account is loaded with celebrity and athlete encounters. He truly lives the life of a superstar baller. Who doesn’t want to stay up to date with that?
Nick Young @swaggyp1 | 2m followers
He’s a fashion icon and a family man who regularly posts about his son and his girl Iggy Azalea. Swaggy P is all about standing out and showing your true personality. We believe in self-expression, so naturally, we believe in Swaggy P.
JJ Watt @justinjames99 | 1.7m followers
JJ loves his fans, and he lets them know it. This is who you should be following if want to be inspired to be the best you can be, on and off the field.
Sydney Leroux @sydneyleroux | 926k followers
On the field, she’s a relentless forward that terrorizes defenders. Off it, she’s a fan favorite because of her inside looks at the USWNT, her dog Boss (who has his own Instagram account), her soccer star husband Dom Dwyer, and some of the funniest captions in the business.
Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers
Her feed has the perfect combo of grit, glam, and fam. From training vids and foodie pics to stylish selfies and updates on her basketball camp, Skylar is a must-have on your follow list.
Allyson Felix @af85 | 276k followers
She’s a true champion and her feed shows you why. Allyson’s training vids show the incredible work ethic it takes to be one of the best. Plus, you get a peek at her life off the track, including all the amazing places she travels to.
Elena Delle Donne @de11edonne | 184k followers
As the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena knows how to balance fun with work. Her feed is a perfect representation of the balance it takes to be the league’s best.
Jordan Burroughs @alliseeisgold | 180k followers
Jordan is unstoppable on the mat and unbeatable on Instagram. If you follow him, you’ll see everything from training videos and inspirational messages to pics with his son Beacon (who also has his own account) and posts about baby number two that’s on the way. Like it says in his bio, “You are now watching history in the making.”
Melvin Gordon III @iammelvingordoniii | 131k followers
Following MG3 gives you a unique look into the life of a rising star in the NFL. As a first-round running back, Melvin has a lot of pressure to be great, but he keeps his feed lighthearted and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s got the style and swagger of a top athlete Instagrammer.
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