The 10 Most Popular Female Athletes in Sport

At PledgeSports, we help athletes and teams from every sport known to man woman or child raise money and attract sponsorship through our sports crowdfunding platform.  We also have a very keen interest in sports trivia, let’s see what makes the most popular female athletes in sport so loved around the world.

Without further ado, here is a list of the 10 most popular female athletes:

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Ronda Rousey – UFC Fighter


Instagram followers – 9.7 M

Facebook followers – 11 M

Twitter followers – 3.4 M

The UFC star has had an up and down 24 months. After suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Holly Holm in 2015 meant subsequently losing her Bantamweight belt, Rousey took all of 2016 off from fighting and lived completely out of the public eye. Her return to fighting Decemberber 2016 resulted in a second consecutive loss, this time at the hands on Amanda Nunes. All that said, she still remains a talked about figure in the sporting world,  there is ongoing talks that she may return to the octagon although the WWE have also shown interest in the UFC Superstar.

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Maria Sharapova – Tennis Player


Instagram followers – 2.9 M

Facebook followers – 15 M

Twitter followers – 8 M

Maria Sharapova is a tennis superstar, she has been ranked no.1 in singles on five separate occassions. She is one of ten women to hold the career Grand Slam. Not to mention she is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Even a failed drugs test and a subsequent 15-month ban cant damage the support Sharapova has from sports fans around the world. The five-time major winner will be hoping for a brighter future in the sport after her spell on the sidelines saw her slip to 175th in the world.

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Danica Patrick – Auto Racing Driver


Instagram followers – 475 K

Facebook followers – 1.4 M

Twitter followers – 1.9 M

Danica Sue Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing€”her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women’s victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish there ever by a woman.

Serena Williams – Tennis Player


Instagram followers – 7.2 M

Facebook followers – 5.2 M

Twitter followers – 10.2 M

Serena Williams is near the top of the pile when it comes to the most popular female athletes, Serena holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. Her record of 39 Grand Slam titles puts her third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles.

Williams won the Australian Open in 2017€” beating Steffi Grafs record of 22 Grand Slam titles which Williams had equalled last summer after lifting Wimbledon. Furthermore, she set the record for most weeks spent at No.1 in the world with 186.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill – Track & Field Athlete


Instagram followers – 397 K

Facebook followers – 220 K

Twitter followers – 1.6 M

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is now a retired track and field athlete. She competed in the heptathlon and she is the  2012 Olmpic champion and also a three-time world champion and a european champion. In 2016, In February, Ennis-Hill was voted Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards and shortly afterwards announced her retirement.

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Hope Solo – Soccer Player


Instagram followers – 876 K

Facebook followers – 2 M

Twitter followers – 1.2 M

Hope Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion. She remains one of the most successful and the most popular female athletes in the world today. She was the goalkeeper for the United States soccer team from 2000 to 2016 and currently holds the U.S. record for the most career clean sheets.

Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Ski Racer


Instagram followers – 876 K

Facebook followers – 2 M

Twitter followers – 1.2 M

Lindsey Vonn is an American World Cup Alpine ski racer and she has won a remarkable four World Cup overall championships and also she won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman.

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Venus Williams – Tennis Player


Instagram followers – 884 K

Facebook followers – 2.2 M

Twitter followers – 1.8 M

Venus William makes our list as one of the most popular female athletes in the world. Venus has been at the top of her game for over 2 decades now and she showcases at 37 years old you can still compete with the very best in the tennis game. She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats along with her younger sister Serena. She has been hugely succesful in tennis and has an impressive 7 Grand Slam titles to her name with 5 of them coming at Wimbledon.

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Alex Morgan – Soccer Player


Instagram followers – 5 M

Facebook followers – 3.2 M

Twitter followers – 3.5 M

In addition to leading America in the Rio Olympics and finishing the season as a suitable nominee for the 2016 Female Soccer Player of the year, Alex joined her teammates this year to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, accusing the US Soccer Federation of wage discrimination on behalf of the whole US Womens National Team.

In 2015, Morgan was ranked by Time as the top-paid American women’s soccer player largely due to her numerous endorsement deals.  She also became the first women’s soccer player to appear on the cover of FIFA video games in 2015. As you can see from her social media following, Alex is a huge figure in female sport and is regarded as one of the most popular female athletes of this decade.

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Laila Ali – Former Professional Boxer


Instagram followers – 476 K

Facebook followers – 3.9 M

Twitter followers – 133 K

Laila Ali is now a retired american professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2007. She is the daughter of the legendary boxing champion Mohammed Ali. During her career, from which she retired undefeated, she held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female Super middleweight titles, and the IWBF light heavyweight title.

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