Who Is Rayssa Leal, the Skateboarder Who Gained More Followers Than Naomi Osaka in 2021?

Published 12/25/2021, 8:15 AM EST


Rayssa Leal, the youngest Brazilian ever to participate and win an Olympic medal, has taken her rightful place in the world of sports. The young lady is a skateboarding enthusiast ever since she turned towards it.

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At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Leal won a silver medal in women’s street skateboarding. Furthermore, the athlete also managed to rank third in the 2019 Street League Skateboarding Championship in London and first in Los Angeles. Despite being a teenager, the athlete wishes to shine through hard work and dedication.

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Brazil’s young star has crossed Japan’s tennis legend, Naomi Osaka in terms of Instagram followers. Leal has been successful in gaining popularity quickly following her Olympic medal.

Rayssa Leal gains more followers than Naomi Osaka

The 13-year-old skateboarder made competing at the highest level appear easy and effortless. However, the sacrifices she has made to reach the peak and showcase her talent are endless.

Although the athlete placed third in the qualifiers, ultimately, she ranked second in the finals. Winning an Olympic silver medal not just made her proud, but the whole of Brazil was elated. Moreover, Leal became the youngest Olympic medallist in 85 years of history.

Post victory, the athlete’s fan following increased to another level by gaining 5.8 million new Instagram followers.

Currently, the athlete is followed by 6.8 million people on Instagram, who are not just inspired but also motivated by Leal. The figure even crossed Naomi Osaka’s Instagram followers count, which is 2.8 million currently. The Olympic medal not just took her close to being a champion, but also made her a celebrity in an instant.

Nicknamed ‘The Little Fairy of Skateboarding’, Leal has put immense hard work into the game. Considering the fact that she is just 13 years old, she has so many more years left to compete, thereby increasing her chances at more medals.

Meanwhile, elite gymnast Simone Biles topped the list of female athletes who gained the most followers. In 2021 itself, Biles gained 635,000 new followers. Biles is closely followed by Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open Champion.

The young skateboarder’s net worth in 2021

Even though she gained worldwide popularity after her eye-catching performance at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Leal was popular way before that. The skateboarding legend gained popularity through one of her viral skateboarding videos at the age of seven.

Leal’s current net worth is a whopping amount, considering her very young age. The amount sums up to be around $100,000. It is mostly made up of her viral videos and now the Olympic triumph.

Leal is not just an athlete, but also a performer and an influencer, inspiring many at such a young age. With years of competition ahead of her, the young athlete looks forward to making the country proud and has her eyes set on many more medals.

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Moreover, the public is curious about this young athlete and her history, often trying to find out about her parents and other aspects of her personal life.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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