Messi eclipses CR7's instagram record

Fame & Fortune

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the sports star with the most liked photo on Instagram.  

Following Messi's sixth Ballon d’Or, one more than Ronaldo. It seems that the Argentine is not just eclipsing the Portuguese star on the pitch but also off the pitch.  

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The free agent's trending image shows the former Barcelona star celebrating with the Copa America trophy after his triumph with Argentina. The La Albicelste defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final after Angel Di Maria grabbed the game's only goal in the first half. 

Which picture previously held the record? 

Ronaldo's record as the previously most liked post lasted just under a year. The post came in the form of his touching tribute to the late Diego Maradona after his untimely death in 2020 and has just under 20 million likes. 

How many views does the picture have? 

The post currently has well over 20 million likes, which comfortably makes it the most popular sport image on the social media site. 

The 34-year-old also took to Instagram to show off his trophy after previously losing four finals with Argentina, posting a photo with the caption, “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!" 

Did you know?  

Messi's 2005 international debut lasted 47 seconds when he received a red card after coming on as a substitute against Hungary. 

Your thoughts, please? 

How do you rate the six-time Ballon d’Or winner's career compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's? 

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