Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer to reach 100 million Instagram followers and joins elite club with Ronaldo and Messi

VIRAT KOHLI has become the first cricketer to reach 100 million followers on Instagram.

The India Test captain, 32, is one of just FIVE sporting personalities to have reached the incredible milestone.

But Kohli has a long way to go to reach the No1 spot.

Check out the top five, in reverse order…

5. VIRAT KOHLI – 100m

THE superstar batsman is one of the most popular figures in Indian sporting history, up there with Sachin Tendulkar.

But, thriving in the social media age, Kohli is the first cricketer to ever reach 100m Insta followers, bringing up the landmark earlier this week.

The India captain regularly shares pictures of his sponsorship deals, action shots and gym workouts on his profile.

4. NEYMAR – 147m

KOHLI has some way to go to move up the list, with Neymar already having nearly 50 per cent more followers than the Indian.

The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star is one of the most popular figures in sport, with just TWO footballers boasting more followers.

Neymar frequently posts snaps of his time off the pitch, including his – and his sister's – epic birthday parties.


3. LIONEL MESSI – 186m

THE Barcelona star is making headlines for his potential move away from the Nou Camp in the summer.

But the Argentina legend and six-time Ballon d'Or winner has amassed a whopping 186m followers since signing up for Instagram such is his global appeal.

Messi is well-known for his mix of sponsored posts, family snaps and Barcelona-themed pictures.


A WRESTLING legend, Johnson is more well-known these days for his acting ability.

But it all started for 'The Rock' in American Football at college before breaking into the world of WWE, then known as WWF.

The businessman is well-known for plugging his own Teremana brand of tequila on Instagram, as well as sharing pictures and videos of his workouts and epic cheat-day meals.


TOP of the pile, it's Portugal and Juventus star Ronaldo with a staggering 260m – over 40m more than Johnson.

Ronaldo has been locked in a tussle for the GOAT mantle in football with Messi for nearly two decades.

But there's only one winner in the Insta followers stakes, with Ronaldo boasting over 70m more fans.

Ronaldo is well-known for his sweet family snaps, impressive workout updates and the occasional endorsement plug on the social media site.

The ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United star also became the first celebrity to amass over 500m followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter earlier this year.

Last year, SunSport revealed CR7 actually makes more money on social media than he does playing for Juventus.

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