IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli becomes 1st Asian with 75mn Instagram followers

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the first Asian celebrity to cross 75 million followers mark on Instagram. The cricketer is also the fourth most followed athlete in the world on the platform, behind football legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.

Indian cricketers enjoy a massive following on the social media platform due to the immense popularity of the sport across the country. Kohli has not stepped foot on the cricket pitch since March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and yet has amassed over five million followers in the past 30 days, according to Social Blade.

He is far ahead of the second and third most followed Asian celebrities — Priyanka Chopra, who has 56 million followers and Deepika Padukone, who has 52 million followers. With his 75,719,390 followers at the time of filing this story, Kohli is the 26th most-followed person on Instagram. The RCB captain has an engagement rate of 4.11 per cent and his posts garner an average of over 3 million likes. Kohli enjoys an immense following of 43,283,195 on Facebook, while on Twitter, he is followed by 37.4M people at the time of filing this story.

Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsman in the world. With a total earning of USD 26 million, he is the only Indian in the Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes. According to the data collected by ‘Attain’ the cricketer earned a whooping 379,294 pounds through his sponsored posts on Instagram between March 12 and May 14, this year.

Kohli, who captains the Royal Challengers Banglaore side, is gearing up for the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League beginning September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

How much Virat Kohli earns per instagram branded post ?

Kohli is also one of the highest earning Celeb via sponsored posts on Instagram. According to the few estimates Kohli earns 126,431 pounds per sponsored post on his Instagram account.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with an estimated earning of 1.8 million pounds while Argentina star Lionel Messi earns 1.2 Mn and PSG’s Neymar makes 1.1 Million per post.

Virat Kohli only Indian in List of Top 30 most Followed Instagram accounts across the globe

Here’s the List :-
Rank Username Owner Followers
Profession/Activity Brand account
1 @instagram Instagram 358 Social media platform Yes
2 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo 232 Football player
3 @arianagrande Ariana Grande 195 Musician and actress
4 @therock Dwayne Johnson 191 Actor and professional wrestler
5 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner 187 Television personality, model, and businesswoman
6 @selenagomez Selena Gomez 184 Musician and actress
7 @kimkardashian Kim Kardashian 181 Television personality, model, and businesswoman
8 @leomessi Lionel Messi 160 Football player
9 @beyonce Beyoncé 151 Musician
10 @justinbieber Justin Bieber 142 Musician
11 @natgeo National Geographic 141 Magazine Yes
12 @neymarjr Neymar 139 Football player
13 @taylorswift Taylor Swift 137 Musician
14 @kendalljenner Kendall Jenner 135 Television personality and model
15 @jlo Jennifer Lopez 127 Musician and actress
16 @nickiminaj Nicki Minaj 120 Musician
17 @nike Nike 118 Sportswear multinational Yes
18 @khloekardashian Khloé Kardashian 117 Television personality and businesswoman
19 @mileycyrus Miley Cyrus 112 Musician and actress
20 @katyperry Katy Perry 102 Musician
21 @kourtneykardash Kourtney Kardashian 98 Television personality
22 @kevinhart4real Kevin Hart 96 Comedian and actor
23 @theellenshow Ellen DeGeneres 92 Comedian and television personality
24 @realmadrid Real Madrid CF 89 Football club Yes
25 @ddlovato Demi Lovato 89 Musician and actress
26 @fcbarcelona FC Barcelona 88 Football club Yes
27 @badgalriri Rihanna 85 Musician and businesswoman
28  @virat.kohli
Virat Kohli

75 Cricket player 
29 @iamcardib Cardi B 74 Musician
30 @zendaya Zendaya 72 Actress and musician