Rurik Gíslason, a previously unheralded midfielder from the German second division, has seen his Instagram following swell by 250,000 overnight after a brief cameo in his nation’s opening game in the World Cup.
He may have only played a half hour in Iceland’s 1-1 draw with Argentina but Rurik Gíslason has already made quite an impression on the World Cup – and more specifically, the sport’s female viewers.
Gíslason has proved to be particularly popular with South American football fans, with Brazilian actress Gabriela Lopes writing to her 2 million followers to ask “how is it possible to be this cute?”
Argentinian actress Gimena Accardi also noted to her audience that over 40,000 of her fans had followed Gíslason’s account in just 30 minutes – and it is still growing at an astounding rate. In fact, in the time is has taken to write this his Instagram following has grown by 10,000.
Gíslason’s new legion of female fans will have another chance to watch him in action when Iceland take on Nigeria in their second Group D match on Friday.