Cristiano Ronaldo Defeats Lionel Messi as Instagram's Most Influential Footballer

Published September 21st, 2022 - 10:44 GMT
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo greets Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) before the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 8, 2020. / AFP / Josep LAGO
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo greets Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) before the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 8, 2020. / AFP / Josep LAGO

Ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo has defeated Lionel Messi as Instagram's most influential football player. The rankings have been based on Nielsen's date, which analysed total followers, follower growth, engagement rate and average brand value of every post on Instagram. The Manchester United attacker has 480 million followers, while Messi is second with 360 million. It is interesting to note that Messi also had a 38% growth in the last 12 months, producing 2.6 million of media value per post.

Messi also recently created history when he scored for PSG in their Champions League Matchday 2 fixture against Maccabi Haifa. PSG ended up winning 3-1 and the Argentina captain became the first player to score against 39 different teams in the competition, overtaking Ronaldo, who has scored against 38 different outfits.

It was also Messi's 126 Champions League goal, but he is still behind Ronaldo, who is the all-time top-scorer of the tournament with 141 goals. After his goal, Messi also became the first player in Champions League history to score in 18 consecutive seasons and it was also his 158th appearance in the tournament.

Among the top 10-most influential players, Real Madrid's Vinicius had the biggest growth by any player with a 90% increase. The Brazilian scored the winner for Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Here are the 10 most influential football players on Instagram:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (480m followers)

2. Lionel Messi (360m followers)

3. Neymar (178m followers)

4. Kylian Mbappe (72.5m followers)

5. Vinicius Junior (23m followers)

6. Karim Benzema (58m followers)

7. Paulo Dybala (49m followers)

8. N'Golo Kante (14m followers)

9. Paul Pogba (55m followers)

10. Sergio Ramos (53m followers)

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Hindustan Times.


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