Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) becomes the first human that hit a record number of 200 million followers on Instagram. The star footballer comes at second in Instagram accounts list as the first place is occupied by official Instagram (@instagram) account itself with 330 million followers.
The Portuguese hero celebrated the digital performance with a slide show of several photos from his childhood to now and wrote, “Wow, 200 million! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!”
The first post of Ronaldo on Instagram was on October 31, 2012. It received 562,090 likes and 69,070 comments. From onward, the champion keeps on posting routinely about his game moments, achievements as well as personal photographs. He randomly shares his family pictures with kids and his long-time girlfriend (or wife) Georgina Rodriguez. Till now he has 2,755 posts on his account. The 34 years old superstar earns $47.8 million a year through Instagram promotions.
On Instagram, Ronaldo leading among other football celebrities like Messi (@leomessi) with 59 million more followers. Neymar (@neymarjr), who holds the record for the most expensive footballer of all time, is also in the top 10 list with 132 million followers.
Ronaldo also has broken the record of singer Ariana Grande (@arianagrande), which now appears after Ronaldo with 173 million. Other top Instagrammers include Dwayne Johnson (@therock) 170 million, Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) 167 million, Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) 159 million, and Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) 158 million.
Ronaldo is consistently ranked as one of the top football players in the world, has won several football awards some of them multiple times i.e. European Golden Shoe, FIFA World Player of The Year, Ballon d’Or, among others and Portugal all-time top scorer.
Founded in 2010, Instagram is one of the leading social media networking websites and apps with over one billion monthly active users who have shared over 50+ billion photos.