The Portugal Forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person to reach 500 million followers on Instagram, 124 million more than Lionel Messi, who came in 2nd.
Manchester United superstar is the most followed person on Instagram, and he has become the first individual to exceed 500 million followers on the popular social media platform.
Ronaldo is also the overall most-followed person on Instagram, as well as on Facebook. Second-ranked Lionel Messi had over 376 million Instagram followers.
The Portuguese forward, who turned 37 years old earlier this year, became the most followed person on Instagram when he reached 500 million followers in November 2022.
In just eight months, Ronaldo has seen his number of followers on the Instagram increase by 100 million.
The former Real Madrid player has published 3,396 posts with an average of 10 million likes apiece, while he only follows 523 accounts.
The official Instagram account is the most followed account on the popular platform with 569 million followers. Instagram follows just 151 accounts and has made 7,289 posts.
The 10 Most-followed Instagram Accounts in the World
Instagram – 569M followers.
Cristiano: 500M followers.
Leo Messi: 376M followers.
The rock: 348M followers.
Kim Kardashian: 333M followers.
Ariana grande: 340M followers.
Beyonce: 282M followers.
Khloe Kardashian: 280M followers.
Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo alleged he felt ‘betrayed’ and had no respect for Erik ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels “betrayed” by Manchester United for trying to force him out of the club and says he has “no respect” for boss Erik ten Hag because he “doesn’t show respect for me”.
In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV released by The Sun on Sunday night, Ronaldo also claimed there has been “zero progress” at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the summer of 2013.
When asked if United’s hierarchy were trying to force him out of the club, Ronaldo said: “Yes. Not only the coach, but the other two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”