Ranking Chelsea Players on Their Instagram Accounts

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 11:  David Luiz of Chelsea poses for selfie photographs with fans prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are No. 1 when it comes to the Premier League, but how do the English champions fare when it comes to social media?

It's a battlefield out there, with players and clubs trying to outmuscle their rivals for attention. In the modern era, it's not enough to be a good footballer; players have to be good personalities and show fans they are just like them.

Instagram is the perfect way for them to do that. It allows players to create profiles that give us an insight into life away from the pitch and show us how elite sportsmen live.

So who's getting it right in the Chelsea dressing room? Join Bleacher Report as we rank the Chelsea players on their Instagram games.


17. N'Golo Kante

For a player who has mastered the unglamorous side of football, it should not surprise that Kante has, well, (sort of) mastered the unglamorous side of social media.

While he doesn't have much competition for a starting place from those in the Chelsea dressing room, Kante is fighting a losing battle on Instagram.

Perhaps manager Antonio Conte can have a word with him to be more adventurous and exciting in his pursuit to entertain us away from the pitch. Kante's social media posts are largely post-match images of him and his team-mates, which does not exactly make for the most intriguing content.

Still, he's Kante, the triple player of the year for 2016/17, so he has to be bad at something.


16. Nathan Ake

Up-and-coming Dutch defender Nathan Ake isn't that much different to Kante. His Instagram timeline boasts plenty of images of him in action for club and country, but where's the banter?

Where are the videos of Ake trying out some new tricks in his swimming pool? The images of him and his friends having fun away from football?

We can't be too harsh on the Dutchman, though. He's a rising star of the game and seems to be more focused on that side of things than building a social profile. It's a thumbs up for his attitude, but not so much for his Instagram game.


15. Nathaniel Chalobah

We don't want to repeat ourselves too much here, so for Nathaniel Chalobah, read Kante and Ake.

The Chelsea midfielder pips his team-mates in the rankings, though, for the simple fact he didn't just meet Salt Bae but posted a boomerang clip of the pair together performing the famous move that made the latter an internet sensation.

So top marks for that, but Chalobah needs to up his game.


14. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ever heard of the dance move The Robot? Peter Crouch made it famous in football circles ahead of the 2006 World Cup when he adopted it for a goal celebration with England.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and friends have taken it a little bit further as an Instagram pose, but they've upped the ante somewhat. Who needs sound effects when you have automatic drills to do the work for you?

This video clip edged Loftus-Cheek closer to the top 10 in our rankings.


13. Kurt Zouma

French defender Kurt Zouma has got something of a cult status at Stamford Bridge. Blues fans love him for his character, which comes across well on the pitch but more so on social media.

Zouma enjoys sharing a joke with his team-mates and he uses Instagram to self-deprecate from anything from funny videos to his goal celebrations with Michy Batshuayi and others.

He even treats us to a little bit of his home life, with friends outside of football joining him for dinners. Zouma's problem is we don't see enough of it, so he just misses a place in the top 10.


12. Pedro

As we get close to entering the top 10 of our Instagram rankings, things start to get a little bit serious. Lucky for us, Chelsea's players aren't when it comes to their social policy.

Pedro has a good game on and off the pitch; look at his Instagram, and you'll see a player who isn't shy of the odd selfie, whether it be out and about or in the dressing room.

The Spaniard has an infectious facial expression that means you can't avoid but smile along with him. His Instagram posts bring a little bit of light to your life between matches.

And now we have to wait until August for the new season, that's definitely a good thing!


11. Cesar Azpilicueta

Remember how we gave Loftus-Cheek Instagram props for his Robot video? Well, we've given Cesar Azpilicueta similar respect for one of his own Instagram posts, propelling him to a respectable 11th in our rankings.

The defender is another quiet man in the Chelsea dressing room. Away from football, we don't know too much about him. But thanks to Instagram, we know he has a sense of humour and celebrates the fan culture that makes football the sport it is.

Don't believe us? Check out this video of Azpilicueta paying homage to the chant Chelsea fans sing in his honour. He even employed a choir for it!


10. Gary Cahill

As the man who replaced John Terry as captain last season, Gary Cahill has probably had bigger things on his mind than following the latest trends on social media.

He leads a quiet life away from the pitch, preferring to focus on his family than social media. Still, Cahill uses Instagram for positive reasons, notably sharing the good work he does with charities and helping out disadvantaged children.

That deserves a round of applause and a place in our top 10.


9. Marcos Alonso

There are selfies, and then there are selfies. Marcos Alonso knows how to take a good photo, as his Instagram profile testifies. He also knows how to pose for a good photo too.

Check out this shot of the Spanish wing-back casually walking through the streets of London. He oozes sophistication and class—the pavement is his own catwalk.

Alonso looks glorious.


8. Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian stopper likes to tug on the heart strings at times when he's using Instagram. If he's not posting images of his daughter to celebrate her birthday, Courtois is showing us pictures of his new-born son.

It was in May when Courtois became a dad for the second time, telling the world with a touching image of his index finger being gripped by Courtois Jr. It was special stuff, the sort of image that reminds us of the human qualities of footballers.

We see them in the public eye so often it can be easy to forget that, after all, they are as normal as the rest of us.


7. Diego Costa

Chelsea's Diego Costa doesn't post too much content on Instagram, but when he does, it attracts attention.

If Costa isn't feeding the transfer rumour mill with Instagram posts of him and his former Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, then he's celebrating title victories in his boxer shorts.

The Spain international has a reputation for being unconventional, and there are times when his Instagram game lives up to that reputation.


6. John Terry

What's that we hear you say? John Terry is no longer a Chelsea player?

Well you're right and you're wrong. Until the end of June, JT remains on the books at Stamford Bridge, and by that measure, we have to include him here.

The former Blues captain is rather active on Instagram too. Whether he's posting tributes to his team-mates (or himself) or videos of his children playing golf, Terry is rarely off the social platform.

He likes to show us the exotic places he visits on holiday too. And for reasons of jealously on account of that last factor, we couldn't bring ourselves to put him in the top five.

JT won't be around for long at Chelsea, but Blues fans can still follow his every move on Instagram.


5. Cesc Fabregas

If he's not got Chelsea fans purring with his assists, Cesc Fabregas is keeping them entertained with his Instagram game.

The Spaniard is another prolific user of social media. He uses social platforms to correct the inaccuracies written about him in the media but also to give an insight into his life away from the pitch.

He uses the latter to good effect, often posting images of himself and his partner with their wider family.

And when Fabregas pulls off some skill in training at a team-mate's expense, he doesn't hold fire in letting the world know all about it, either, as John Terry found out ahead of the FA Cup final.


4. Eden Hazard

A smooth operator on the pitch, Eden Hazard is equally so on Instagram. He allows us to get up close and personal with some of his posts, especially recently, when he fractured his ankle on international duty with Belgium.

We were all left wondering exactly what happened with Hazard and when he will be back to full fitness. It was a massive shock for Blues fans, but Hazard was able to allay fears over his condition when he posted on Instagram from his hospital bed.

We don't know how long he is out for, but Chelsea supporters were relieved to see Hazard with the cliched thumbs up after surgery, looking healthy and with his ankle in a cast, on the road to recovery.


3. Willian

Want some Samba magic? Well if that's your thing, head on over to Willian's Instagram profile, and you will find all sorts.

The Brazilian loves music and can be found posting all sorts of videos of him and his friends playing instruments and singing songs from back home. He gives an insight to Brazilian culture, celebrating everything that is great about his country.

Not only that, but Willian isn't shy of making the odd live broadcast. His Instagram stories are always worth indulging in.


2. Michy Batshuayi

He hasn't played much for Chelsea in the early stages of his Stamford Bridge career. That said, Blues fans feel like they know Michy Batshuayi as if he's been at the club for decades.

It's all because of his Instagram profile. Batshuayi has let Chelsea fans into his life with open arms. Whether he's interacting with the supporters who post about him or uploading videos and images from his life away from the pitch, he's great value.

It was a tough introduction to English football for Batshuayi, but you'd have never known it from his Instagram profile.


1. David Luiz

The ultimate geezer—we had to list David Luiz as Chelsea's No. 1 when it comes to Instagram. Everything we see from him on the pitch carries over to his profile.

Luiz is a born entertainer, and when you combine that with social media, you get something special. He regards his followers like they are his team-mates, treating them to all sorts of shenanigans.

And when Chelsea are preparing for big matches like, say, the FA Cup final, Luiz opts for an alternative form of training—notably scissor kicks from his swimming pool!


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