Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first person to reach 500 million followers on Instagram

Via Instagram / @cristiano

While we scramble to increase our social media reach with all that we can – legends like Cristiano Ronaldo have smoothly maneuvered their way to 501 million followers! Post his viral Louis Vuitton Ad, the footballer has become the first person in the world to reach the said number of followers on Instagram. The football superstar’s follower count is said to have surged after he and Messi appeared in an LV ad that showed the two playing chess on top of branded LV trunks. The video garnered about 38 million likes on Ronaldo’s page alone, with approximately 29 million likes on Messi’s.

Via Instagram / @leomessi

In terms of follower count, Messi isn’t lagging far behind either. He has over 376 million followers on Instagram and together the two are amongst the only athletes in the top 10 of the most followed people on Instagram.

Commenting on his remarkable feat, Ronaldo via a video on his page said, “My life, career, and thoughts, shared with you, always. You are part of my story and together we’ve achieved so much. More than I could dream. In every post, each moment, your support. Thank you!”

Several celebs also came forward to congratulate Ronaldo on his latest achievement with Piers Morgan tweeting, ‘Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first person to reach 500m followers on Instagram, 124m more than his nearest rival in 2nd place… Lionel Messi. Congrats.’

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