Top 10: Biggest Instagram boost in 2016

These stars dominated Instagram this past year.

With money, fame and success comes fan following. Sport stars are celebrities in today’s world and whatever they do is placed under increasing scrutiny thanks to the internet, social media and their enormous worldwide reach.

Footballers, basketball players, tennis or cricket stars and Olympic athletes all have their own set of fan followers.

Sports stars have become brands on their own, social media their tool to promote associations, increase endorsement deals and shape their image within the media.

It also gives us insight into their lives away from the pitch, and a Leo Messi photograph with his son Thiago, or a photo of Cristiano Ronaldo working out in the gym, is bound make followers go gaga.

Nowadays, the race to see who the better athlete is includes who has the most followers and likes.

And our friends over at Instagram have been sharing with us some of the athletes who staked their claims through social media this past year, including this piece on the athletes that gained the most followers in 2016.

Recommended

Most popular

Related Sections

On this day in 1992: South Africa win first ODI at home

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Hansie Cronje starred for South Africa.

South Africa recently enjoyed a clean sweep in the one-day format against Australia and on this day 14 years ago, it was all smiles for the Proteas in their first ODI at home.

India were the opponents in Cape Town with Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble all featuring. But the tourists were bowled out for 184 in 49 overs with the late Hansie Cronje the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-32.

The hosts made it difficult for themselves in the run-chase but reached their target with six wickets in hand in the last over.

The match saw Kepler Wessels, who scored 43, become the first man to be given out by the video umpire in an ODI match.

More memorable events on this day:

1939: MLB legend Lou Gehrig is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1978: New York Islanders’ Mike Bossy scores his first hat-trick of his NHL career

1980: Ivan Lendl wins all his matches as Czechoslovakia clinch the Davis Cup, courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Italy in Prague.

2015: Hosts India beat South Africa by 337 runs in Delhi to seal the Test series 3-0.

Most popular

Related Sections

Happy Birthday: Terry, Donald, Martinez

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

He might have lost his place in the Chelsea starting 11 but John Terry is certainly one of the best defenders the club has ever had.

Celebrating his 36th birthday today, serving the team since 1998, Terry boasts all the skills required of a defender – strong, tenacious, aggressive tackling, positioning, leadership and his ability to read the game.

That has translated on the pitch, becoming their most successful captain, leading the west London side to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League crown.

To date, he’s scored 40 goals, making him the club’s top-scoring defender and is one of five players to have made more than 500 club appearances.

He donned the England jersey 78 times and went on to captain his nation before retiring from international duty in 2012.

More sport star birthdays on this day:

1965: Colin Hendry, former Scottish defender, who played for Bolton, Blackburn and Rangers (51).

1967: Tino Martinez, former baseball player and four-time World Series champion (49).

1977: Luke Donald, English golfer and former world number one. Won 16 professional titles (39).

1990: Urszula Radwanska , Polish tennis player and sister of Agnieszka (26).

Most popular

Related Sections