5 Times FIFA Ballon d’Or winner. Three English Premier League, two La Liga, one Serie A title. The 2016 UEFA Euro trophy. Second highest international goalscorer in the history of football. The list goes on about the achievements Cristiano Ronaldo has won in his career. However, there was one category left, where he has just surpassed the whole population of Earth. What, you ask? The Juventus FC talisman is the first human to reach a staggering 200 million followers on Instagram!
The 34 year old crossed the astounding milestone yesterday, and is leaps and bounds ahead of superstar Ariana Grande, the American singer and actress who is at 173 million. Only one account that is still ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo is the official account of Instagram itself, with a monumental follower count of 330 million.
The Old Lady striker posted a video on Instagram yesterday as a tribute to his social media achievement, along with a courteous caption for his followers: “Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!!!👏🏽❤️“ Check it out below-
The video is a compilation of the Portuguese superstar’s most liked pictures on Instagram, which consisted of snaps from his junior days and also capturing his most iconic moments throughout his career and his personal life.
Back in 2016, American singer and producer Selena Gomez was the first person to cross 100 million followers on the social media platform. She is currently the fifth most followed celebrity on the platform at 167 million, behind former WWE superstar and actor Dwayne Johnson, who is in fourth place with 170 million followers.
Ronaldo’s counterpart in the beautiful game, Lionel Messi is the 8th most followed celebrity on Instagram with 141 million followers. Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar Jr is the third most followed footballer on Instagram and 10th on the list, with a follower count of 132 million.
In Monday’s loss against Napoli, Ronaldo scored the single consolation goal for Juventus, as Gli Azzurri defeated the Serie A leaders 2-1 at the San Paolo Stadium. Juventus are taking on Fiorentina at home this Sunday.