Alisha Lehmann headlines as Oshoala makes Top 10 most-followed female footballers in the world (2023)
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REVEALED: Top 10 most-followed female footballers in the world (2023)| Illustration by David Ben/Pulse Sports

Alisha Lehmann headlines as Oshoala makes Top 10 most-followed female footballers in the world (2023)

David Ben 11:35 - 02.12.2023

Alisha Lehmann will finish 2023 as the most-followed female footballer in the world. Full list has been revealed.

Women's football has gained immense popularity in recent years, with talented athletes thrilling global audiences both on and off the pitch. 

The role of social media cannot be overemphasized as well having played a significant role in amplifying the voices of female footballers, allowing fans to connect with their favourite stars on a personal level.

 In this article, Pulse Sports reveals the top 10 most followed female footballers across various social media platforms, showcasing their influence and impact on the world of sports.

Revealed: Top 10 Most Followed Female Footballers in the World 

1. Alisha Lehmann — 27 million followers

Alisha Lehmann is the no.1 most followed female footballer in the world
Alisha Lehmann, Aston Villa Women forward || Credit: Imago

Age: 24 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Switzerland

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers/ Most Followed Female athletes

Team: Aston Villa

Instagram: 16.1M followers | X: 194.2K followers | Facebook: 428K followers | TikTok: 10.2M followers

Alisha Lehmann is a dynamic and talented forward who is renowned for her looks on the pitch.

Asides her footballing talent, Lehmann is widely considered as the sexiest female footballer of her generation.

The former West Ham star has often captivated fans with her stunning looks and beautiful curves.

As of 2023, she is the most influential, most followed female footballer in the world on Instagram.

She is also the most-followed Swiss sportsperson on the platform ahead of Tennis legend Roger Federer.

Alisha Lehmann is the most followed female footballer in the WSL. most followed European female footballers, and one of most followed female athletes in the world.

2. Alex Morgan — 20.4 million followers

most followed female footballer in the world
Alex Morgan is one of the greatest players in US women's soccer

Age: 34 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: U.S.A

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers/ Most Followed Female athletes/Richest Female Footballers

Team: San Diego Wave

Instagram: 10.1M followers | X: 3.7M followers | Facebook: 6.2M followers | TikTok: 490.6K followers

A key figure in the United States Women's National Team, Alex Morgan's popularity extends beyond the field. 

Her advocacy for women's rights and equal pay has contributed to her widespread influence.

Morgan is widely regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in USWNT history having attained massive success with her national team.

As of 2023, she is the most-followed female footballer in America.

3. Alexia Putellas — 5.04 million followers

Putellas is one of the most followed female footballers in the world
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona | Credit: Getty Images

Age: 29 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Spain

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers

Team: FC Barcelona

Instagram: 3.3M followers | X: 497.2K followers | Facebook: 480K followers | TikTok: 726.7K followers

Alexia Putellas is a highly accomplished midfielder for both FC Barcelona and the Spanish Women's National Team. 

Known for her exceptional ball control, vision, and playmaking abilities, Putellas has been a driving force in Barcelona's success, contributing to multiple domestic and international triumphs, including the UEFA Women's Champions League. 

Beyond her on-field prowess, Alexia Putellas is celebrated for her sportsmanship and dedication to promoting women's football, solidifying her status as one of the most influential figures in the sport, having already won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA The Best Award in 2021.

As of 2023, she is one of the most followed female footballers in the world.

4. Ana Maria Marković —   4.1 million followers

Ana Maria Marković is one of the most followed female footballers in the world
Ana Maria Marković is one of the most followed female footballers in the world | Credit: Instagram

Age: 24 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Croatia

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers

Team: Grasshopper Zurich

Instagram: 3M followers | X: 64K followers | Facebook: 208.1K followers | TikTok: 872.2K followers

Ana Maria Marković is a Croatian footballer who plays as a forward for Swiss Women's Super League club Grasshopper and the Croatia national team.

Markovic is widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful female footballer, having gained prominence for her dashing appearance on and off the field.

She is the second-most followed European female footballer on Instagram, behind Alisha Lehmann.

Markovic is also followed by several football stars including Brazilian football icon Neymar.

As of 2023, she is one of the most followed female footballers in the world.

5. Megan Rapinoe — 3.7 million followers

Rapinoe is one of the most followed female footballers in the world
Megan Rapinoe | Credit: Getty Images

Age: 38 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: U.S.A

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers/Richest Female Footballers

Team: Retired

Instagram: 2.1M followers | X: 879.4K followers | Facebook: 724K followers | TikTok: None

Known for her fearless approach on and off the pitch, Megan Rapinoe is not just a football star but also a vocal advocate for social justice. 

Her engaging personality has attracted a diverse fan base.

A former Ballon d’Or winner, Rapinoe is renowned for her philanthropy and activism on and off the field.

Having announced her retirement from professional football this year she still remains one of the most followed female footballers in the world.

6. Marta  — 3.4 million followers

most followed female footballers in the world
Marta Vieira da Silva, known mononymously as Marta is one of the greatest female footballers of all time | Credit: IMAGO

Age: 37 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Brazil 

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers/Richest Female Footballers

Team: Orlando Pride

Instagram: 2.8M followers | X: 6.4K followers | Facebook: 612K followers | TikTok: None

Often considered as the greatest female footballer of all time, Marta has managed to gain a massive following on social media due to her brilliance over the last decade.

The Brazilian forward's skill, charisma, and commitment to advancing women's football have made her a global icon.

She is the most-followed Brazilian female footballer in the world.

She has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being consecutive (from 2006 through 2010) and the latest award coming in 2018.

Marta holds the record for being Brazil's top goalscorer with 115 goals.

 With 17 goals, Marta also holds the record for most goals scored in any World Cup, women’s or men's.

She was the first footballer of any gender to score at five different World Cups,a feat matched by Christine Sinclair in 2019 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022,and also the first footballer, female or male, to score at five consecutive Olympic Games.

7. Sydney Leroux — 3.4 million followers

most followed female footballers in the world
Sydney Leroux is one of the most-followed female footballers in the world | Credit: Getty

Age: 33 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: U.S.A

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers

Team: Angel City 

Instagram: 1.2M followers | X: 2M followers | Facebook: 247K followers | TikTok: 9.2K followers

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Leroux has represented both nations internationally, contributing to her status as a versatile and accomplished figure in women's football.

Still in her early 30s, Leroux is a veteran through and through and widely regarded as one of the hottest female footballers in the world.

8. Jordyn Huitema  — 2.8 million followers

most followed female footballers in the world
Jordyn Huitema is one of the most followed female footballers in the world| Credit: IMAGO

Age: 22 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Canada

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers

Team: OL Reign

Instagram: 1.5M followers | X: 24.2K followers | Facebook: 21K followers | TikTok: 1.3M followers

Jordyn Huitema is a Canadian striker known for her exceptional goal-scoring prowess and dynamic playing style. 

Huitema has been touted as the future of the Canadian national team and also regarded as one of the hottest female footballers in world football .

As of 2023, she is one of the most followed female footballers in the world.

9. Sam Kerr — 2.5 million followers

most followed female footballers
Sam Kerr is one of the most followed female footballers in the world | Credit: IMAGO

Age: 30 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Australia

Category: Most Followed Female Footballers

Team: Chelsea

Instagram: 1.8M followers | X: 183.3K followers | Facebook: 499K followers | TikTok: None

Matildas captain Sam Kerr is a dynamic force on the football field, known for her exceptional goal-scoring ability and relentless work ethic. 

Off the pitch, Kerr's infectious enthusiasm and charismatic personality have endeared her to fans worldwide, making her a prominent figure in the global football community.

As of 2023, she is the most followed Australian female footballer in the world.

10. Asisat Oshoala — 2.4 million followers

most-followed female footballers in the world
Asisat Oshoala wearing her pink her and a big smile || Image credit: Imago

Age: 29 years old (as of 2023)

Nationality: Nigeria

Category: Most Followed/Richest Nigerian Female Footballers

Team: FC Barcelona

Instagram: 1.1M followers | X: 432K followers | Facebook: 338K followers | TikTok: 560K followers

Asisat Oshoala is arguably the most influential Nigerian female footballer of her generation.

‘Agba Baller’ is a five-time winner of the African women’s player of the year award and has attained massive success at both club and international level.

Oshoala is the only female on this list and understandably so, as she has become the blueprint for young aspiring female footballers not just in Nigeria, but also in Africa.

Pulse Sports reported that Oshoala became the first Nigerian female athlete to reach the 1 million mark on Instagram, and she is the second most-followed female athlete in Africa, behind Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur.

Oshoala is currently the most followed Nigerian athlete (both male and female) on TikTok.

METHODOLOGY

The Pulse Sports ranking of the world’s most followed footballers represents the combined total of followers across major social media platforms. The figures are derived through publicly available databases from Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok.

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