Ranking Barcelona Players on Their Instagram Accounts

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 27:     FC Barcelona team poses for a picture with the trophy after winning  the Copa Del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Barcelona ended the 2016/17 campaign with mixed feelings, with the high of retaining the Copa del Rey mixed with the lows of missing out on La Liga and the departure of manager Luis Enrique.

The players will now, for the most part, head off on their summer breaks after a brief international stint—other than Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andre Gomes, who have the Confederations Cup coming up—and to relax ahead of next season.

Years ago that meant next to no news for fans regarding their players unless they were in the transfer rumour gossip columns—but in the modern age, social media means a constant insight into what players get up to in the offseason.

Instagram is likely to be filled with upcoming snaps and videos over the summer, so here we've ranked Barca's best 15 players to follow.

We've chosen the order according to the somewhat vague, but open-minded, premise of being interesting: who offers a worthwhile insight, impressive images and a look beyond the routine—though important—matchday action shots?

              

15. Javier Mascherano

About as prolific on Instagram as he is at scoring in the Barca shirt, Mascherano gets us started. 

The defensive midfielder had an up-and-down campaign in 16/17 and might hope to find more consistency next term, but he remains an important player.

On Insta, it's mostly family photos or pictures with his team-mates outside of the matchday action.

        

14. Andres Iniesta

Club captain Iniesta is a regular poster, and he has almost 20 million followers on his account.

His game time might be slowing somewhat now on account of age and injury over the past year, but there's still a lot to come from one of the world's finest playmakers.

Iniesta posts a lot of extracurricular images: family time, charity visits and so on, alongside his various commercial commitments.

           

13. Arda Turan

Next up it's Turan; a reasonable following of seven million for the squad player who had a great first half of the season, but he flopped dismally after the winter break.

Lots of variation from Arda Turan's account, from spectacular images of his home nation to the obligatory training (and subs' bench) shots.

         

12. Lucas Digne

French full-back Digne has had a tough debut year, battling uneven team form, changing tactics and Jordi Alba for game time.

He's largely performed impressively, though, and seems to be adjusting well.

Digne has also been to Disneyland recently, judging by his account, so that's nice.

         

11. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

There's something about goalkeepers and Instagram, they just look...more fun.

There's lots of action shots from matches and training, but Ter Stegen also has plenty of arty, outside-the-game pictures to enjoy and several with team-mates.

The Barca No. 1 had a great campaign and is sure to be around for a long time to come at the Camp Nou.

              

10. Denis Suarez

Creative midfielder Denis doesn't have a huge following just yet, but there's lots to admire on his account.

A few of his "arty" images are a little Hector Bellerin-esque—that smouldering look into the distance while wearing massive fur coats—but we won't judge him too harshly for that.

Lots of match action, plenty of fashion shoots and some holiday snaps already up, too.

              

9. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez rattled in another shedload of goals for Barcelona during the 16/17 campaign, and that's not the only type of shooting he was busy with.

He's a pretty prolific Insta-poster, too, and boasts over 22 million followers on his account.

There's lots of family and home life, causes he promotes and national team images to go along with the Barca boys celebrations over the past couple of seasons.

         

8. Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti may just be the happiest footballer alive—he's always smiling.

The defender was a tremendous acquisition for Barca last summer, their best signing of the season without question, and he's well on his way to becoming a regular first XI player—though now he has a new boss to convince in Ernesto Valverde.

Umtiti's account is a mix of his beaming smile on the pitch and in social situations, and it won't be long until he has many more than the paltry 1.7 million followers he currently has.

            

7. Jasper Cillessen

No. 2 goalkeeper for Barcelona, but our top-ranked stopper by Insta accounts, and that's what really matters.

Cillessen has a lot of training-ground imagery to enjoy, but also some city videos to enjoy, reminders of his time at Ajax and plenty more besides.

Plus, he's a 'keeper, so, spectacular happens.

        

6. Sergi Roberto

Real Madrid have Isco, who has a dog. Barcelona have Sergi Roberto, who has a dog.

        

5. Ivan Rakitic

There's an awful lot to Rakitic's game; he's hardworking, technically impressive, has a thunderbolt shot and is tactically versatile.

There's an awful lot going on in his Insta account, too, from a video of him driving around the city (and failing to parallel park) to a birthday party, trophy celebrations and sitting in a shower with Alen Halilovic.

         

4. Rafinha Alcantara

Rafinha spends a lot of time injured, which he fills by working hard to return to fitness and showing everybody his progress on Instagram.

The midfielder was enjoying a great campaign until his most recent season-ending issue, but he has already shown the capacity to contribute a lot to Barca's first team.

Aside from rehab work, there's a lot of family and social events on Rafinha's page, as well as Barca-focused content.

            

3. Gerard Pique

Pique: a world-class defender, a World Cup winner, an outspoken individual.

Harvard University, Shakira in the mountains and signing Colombian shirts all feature on his Instagram page—and that's just in the last few posts.

It's a varied follow, offering plenty of insight into his usual life from football to community work, commercial ventures to family.

            

2. Lionel Messi

With over 70 million followers, it's no surprise Messi's account is highly ranked—as well as his own content, there's clearly plenty on there thanks to sponsors or commercial agreements.

But it's also clearly an account that Messi tends to himself, with family events aplenty, friends and team-mates and out-of-Barcelona context images of the No. 10 to enjoy.

He's not top of this particular list, though, in interest or in terms of follower number.

         

1. Neymar

The most-followed in the Barcelona squad is Neymar, with a massive 76 million followers—and no wonder.

His Insta account is prodigious in both its variety and sheer volume of content; for context, Rafinha is the second-most prolific Barca poster, with just over 800 posts thus far. Neymar has posted close to 4,000 images and videos!

It's all there, from family and friends to Barca celebrations, time back home in Brazil and everything in between. You can't go wrong, regardless of your interest in him, and Neymar tops our rankings for Barca.

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