Arsenal and Man United stars are among most popular footballers on Instagram
Mesut Ozil and Wayne Rooney are among the most followed European footballers on Instagram ahead of Euro 2016
Mesut Ozil and Wayne Rooney are the only representatives from the Premier League in the top 11 most followed European footballers on Instagram.
The Arsenal playmaker and Manchester United captain are regular posters on the social network and have amassed impressive followings.
Ozil boasts 6.8m followers on Instagram, while Rooney is slightly behind his Arsenal counterpart on 6.2m heading into this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France.
The top 10 list is dominated by players from Spain’s La Liga, with seven of the most followed players currently plying their trades in the Primera Division.
Not surprisingly, Real Madrid star and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way at the top of the chart, with 59.2m followers to his name heading into Euro 2016.
Former Manchester United attacker Ronaldo also boasts the title of having posted the most liked photo on Instagram from the list. His topless shot with son Cristiano Junior (above) has more than 2m likes on the app.
Top 11 European footballers by Instagram followers
1) Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal – 59.2m
2) Gareth Bale, Wales – 17m
3) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden – 14.2m
4) Andres Iniesta, Spain – 11.5m
5) Sergio Ramos, Spain – 9.1m
6) Iker Casillas, Spain – 8.6m
7) Gerard Pique, Spain – 8.2m
8) Mesut Ozil, Germany – 6.8m
9) Toni Kroos, Germany – 6.8m
10) Wayne Rooney, England – 6.2m
11) Jordi Alba, Spain – 6m
Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 and helped the Gunners win the FA Cup in his first two seasons at the club.