Cristiano Ronaldo just achieved a new record by becoming the first individual to have 500 million Instagram followers.
With his two-part bombshell interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV last week, the fugitive Manchester United player grabbed media attention.
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He received harsh criticism for his interview, yet he still managed to garner more followers, eventually reaching 500 million.
Messi, a longtime foe, continues to have 376 million followers, placing him second in the world.
The two famous football players are the only athletes in the top 10 Instagram users in terms of followers.
A delighted Piers Morgan tweeted: “Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first individual to reach 500 million followers on Instagram, 124 million more than his closest competitor in second place… Luis Messi. Congrats.’
Selena Gomez and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are closely behind Kylie Jenner in third place.
Although neither is ranked in the top 10, Neymar and Lebron James are two of the best athletes besides Ronaldo and Messi.
Despite recent criticism this season, Ronaldo’s Instagram following demonstrates just how adored he is.
However, the former Real Madrid star won’t worry about his fan base and is currently entirely focused on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He is anticipated to play for Portugal against Ghana in their World Cup opener on Thursday.
The World Cup is the only significant trophy missing from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s stunning collection of awards.
After winning the 2016 European Championships, this is probably his final opportunity to win the competition.
At the World Cup in Qatar, Portugal will compete against Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea in Group H.