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Top 15 most followed sports stars on Instagram: Man United, Real Madrid and Chelsea stars feature

From Gareth Bale to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we count down the top 15 most followed athletes on Instagram in 2016. So, who comes out on top?

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2016 has been quite a year for sport.

From Team GB’s incredible medal haul at the Rio Olympics to Portugal’s Euro 2016 title triumph, there have been plenty of sporting moments to savour over the last 12 months.

Instagram is becoming an increasingly popular platform for sports stars to connect with their fans in the digital age.

But who are the most popular athletes on the planet, according to their followers on the app?

From Gareth Bale to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we count down the top 15 most followed athletes on Instagram in 2016.

You may be surprised by some of the names and numbers on this list.

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15) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (@floydmayweather) – 13.8 million followers

most followed athletes on instagram 2016

Photo: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. / Instagram

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the first name on the list.

The former professional boxer, who competed from 1996 to 2015, has more than 13.8 million followers on Instagram.

Next up is a basketball star…

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