Professional athletes are some of the most interesting people to follow on social media When we see them compete, we don’t always get to see their personality and charisma. Luckily, TikTok offers creators an opportunity to connect with audiences all over the world.
The following creators are some of the best in the world at showing us their charisma, insight or personality — that’s why their follower counts keep rising.
Here are the top sports influencers on TikTok
Rob’s magnetic personality made him a must-watch during his playing days, and he’s carrying that persona into appearances on TV and social media now that he’s retired. The former Patriots tight end has amassed 2.5 million followers on TikTok with videos such as “Like It or Spike It” and other short videos or TV appearances adapted to fit a TikTok audience.
Serena recently announced her retirement from tennis, but she is not slowing down in other areas of her life, which includes her business dealings, travels and parenting. Serena has long been popular on Instagram with 15.9 million followers, but she’s also added TikTok, where her following has already reached 1.2 million.
Serena’s persona on the tennis court has always been that of a fierce competitor. She shows more facets of her personality with her TikTok content, including videos of her dancing.
Nikolas is one of the most high-profile extreme sports creators on TikTok. Even though he doesn’t have a household name, his content has earned him 2.5 million followers. Nikolas is a Greek wakeboarder who competes for Team Red Bull. His stunts on the water make for excellent viral viewing.
Alex is one of the biggest women’s soccer stars in the world. She’s won two World Cups with the United States women’s national team and continues to play in the National Women’s Soccer League with San Diego Wave FC.
Alex takes more than 343,000 followers through her daily life, which includes training, fulfilling her role as a parent to her daughter and leading the U.S. women’s national team.
Yuzvendra is a TikTok sensation with 5.5 million followers. He is a professional cricket player who represents India on the international stage. Yuzvendra shares videos of his family, TikTok challenges and fun banter and videos of his training regimen with the world. He may not be well known among Western TikTok users, but he’s one of the most followed professional athletes in the world.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Rock is the 10th-most followed TikTok account in the world. Though he’s known by most for his acting career, he’s also renowned for his incredible physique and sports background. The Rock has 62.9 million followers.
A video of The Rock holding a fan’s baby garnered almost 26 million views. Another video of him going hard in the weight room reached 15 million views.
Russell is many things: an elite NFL quarterback, an entrepreneur and a familiar face on commercials and TikTok. His videos engage with fans and show his personality. Russell’s videos often feature his home and family life. He has almost 700,000 followers.
Beth is a women’s soccer star in the rising Women’s Super League. The Arsenal forward is also a rising star on social media. She has 209,000 followers and posts plenty of interesting content, including dances with teammates, footage of her skills on the training pitch and TikTok challenges.