The Premier League is full of entertaining personalities, athletes with wide-ranging interests and off-pitch haute couture. It’s probably far from mind when you watch elite footballers battle it out on the pitch, but that’s another day at the office for them. Premier Leaguers shouldn’t be pigeonholed by their day jobs.
Fortunately, Instagram gives players the perfect platform to showcase their individuality and style. Fans can’t seem to get enough either, as many standouts accumulate millions of followers. There’s never been a better time to be a football freak than the current, considering the intimate access to players and teams afforded by social media.
Here’s a nod to the Premier League’s best and brightest, blowing it up on Instagram in 2019.
Not many players would dare to wear SpongeBob shorts while cruising in a Lamborghini, but that’s the kind of guy Batshuayi is. The Chelsea striker currently on loan to Crystal City is one of the Premier League’s outstanding personalities, loved for his on and off-pitch shenanigans. He’s got million Instagram followers to prove it.
Follow Michy: @mbatshuayi
The Instagram of the defending Premier League champions commands a respectable 11.3 million followers. What’s especially significant about it is how the Manchester City Women’s Football Club of the FA Women’s Super League share the account with the men’s side. Man City fans get a one-stop to check out the latest moments from the men and women like Georgia Stanway’s recent contract renewal and Raheem Sterling’s hat trick against the Czech Republic.
Follow Manchester City: @ManCity
Take a quick glance at Dele’s Instagram, and one thing is perfectly clear. The midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur loves to have fun everywhere he goes. And it looks like he travels a ton. From selfies with the residents of a wildlife sanctuary to the red carpet of the MTV EMAs, Dele’s 6.2 million followers catch him everywhere and always in style.
Follow Dele: @dele
Kevin De Bruyne
Undoubtedly one among the League’s mega-players on the pitch, De Bruyne’s Instagram gives us a 360-degree look at his life. Whether he’s celebrating a win with Manchester United, hanging with Turkish celebrity chef Salt Bae or kicking back for a PS4 session, De Bruyne brings the good life to his 7.7 million followers.
Follow Kevin: @kevindebruyne
Hazard’s 19.3 million followers make him one of Instagram’s most followed Premier League footballers. The Chelsea star posts a variety of content, from squad training sessions and commercial appearances to personal videos addressing fans and friends. Besides being a prolific goal scorer, Hazard comes across as an authentically warm guy who enjoys life.
Follow Eden: @hazardeden_10
Sterling loves sharing big moments with his buddies, which he clearly portrays on Instagram. Many of the Manchester United winger’s photos show him celebrating scores with teammates or goofing around with friends off-pitch. Sterling is always cracking an infectious smile, one that has drawn 4.7 million followers so far.
Follow Raheem: @sterling7
Aubameyang entertains his 8.2 million Instagram followers with a combination of game celebrations, hangs with his well-dressed pals and reps for his sponsor Nike. Otherwise, the Arsenal striker leads a quiet life like most of us. Well, at least those of us who cruise around in gold Lamborghini Aventador S for Instagram!
Follow Pierre-Emerick: @aubameyang97
There’s no doubt about it: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is an influencer. The World Cup winner boasts an astounding nearly 34 million Instagram followers. The man is a fashion icon, hairstyle model extraordinaire and one of the greatest footballers on the planet today.
Follow Paul: @paulpogba
Arsenal’s Bellerín is a cultured man who uses Instagram as an outlet to embrace his unique persona. He has his finger on the pulse of fashion and is one of the few men around who convincingly rocks the man bun. We bet more than a few of the males constituting his 2.9 million followers wish they could as well.
Follow Hector: @hectorbellerin
Yes, the league itself has an official account on Instagram, and it’s worth following for the sheer number of pics showcasing players pretending to be birds — seems to be a common look following a score. The League page also shares fan photos, player of the month nods and some funny captions.
Follow Premier League: @premierleague
The Red Devils are a perennial threat in the Premier League and are the championship’s record holder with 13 titles. This season is no exception. With over 23 million devoted Instagram followers and the Oddschecker favorite to win the Premier League, there’s a lot going right for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side in 2019.
United’s official Instagram is full of the current campaign’s biggest moments and cool behind-the-scenes content. The sports content site talksports.com even ranked United as the number one Premier League squad Instagram.
Follow Manchester United: @ManUtd
The Instagram of the Premier League’s official broadcast partner is rife with catchy graphics featuring your favorite players and matchups. You could seriously make wall art from many of Sky Sports’ posts. There are also cool football data infographics that will make even the biggest stat geek drool. No wonder 2.7 million followers get in on this killer content.
Follow Sky Sports: @SkySports
The Liverpool midfielder may be in his first year in the Premier League, but he’s an Instagram veteran, closing in on a million followers. Keïta likes to share fashion-forward moments, and we agree he has impeccable sense, drawing from a wardrobe with the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Givenchy and more.
Follow Naby: @keitanabydeco
The midfielder for Chelsea has been a Premier League Instagram mainstay for years dating back to his days with Everton. Along the way, he’s racked up over 700K followers. Barkley’s content is primarily action photos taken during training sessions and matches, many of which are in black and white. It’s an old-school technique, but the uncolored images capture a gorgeous timelessness that reflects the game itself.
Follow Ross: @rossbarkley