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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become the first person to reach 500 million followers on social media platforms.
The Portuguese superstar became the all-time top scorer in soccer history earlier this year, scoring his 760th goal in professional soccer in the Italian Super Cup win over Naples. However, fans of Pelé and Josef Bican have contested that record.
However, not even Pelé can deny Ronaldo in his latest achievement, after he became the first person to reach 500 million followers on social media.
It is the most popular account on Instagram, where 262 million more follow his account. His Facebook page has nearly 125 million likes and 147 million followers, and another 91 million people follow him on Twitter. According to a report published by Sun..
Outside of the big hitters, he also has over a million subscribers to his official YouTube channel, despite the account being fairly inactive for long periods of time.
Ronaldo’s most recent Instagram post was a photo of himself with his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez, who has 23.6 million followers.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi (because the two most are always compared, of course) has 265 million cumulative followers across all platforms.
Ronaldo’s 262 million Instagram followers dwarf Messi’s, who has amassed just 183 million followers. To be fair, the Argentine has posted less than 1,000 times to his account, while frequent user Ronaldo has offered more than 3,000 images to his loyal fans.
So the message is clear. Messi must improve his game to catch Ronaldo in this online war. But the Juventus superstar seems to be impregnable in this field, as his popularity only continues to grow with each passing year.