Lionel Messi beats Ronaldo for most popular sports Instagram post
Lionel Messi officially overtook his soccer colleague Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday.
Messi set an Instagram record when his Argentine Copa America trophy post received more than 20 million likes. That broke Ronaldo’s record of 19.8 million per ESPN, which he earned with a post in honor of Diego Maradona after his death.
Messi and Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 earlier this month to win the Copa America, Messi’s first big title. He scored four goals and had five assists throughout the tournament and scored a key penalty in the semi-finals in beating Colombia.
“What beautiful madness!” he wrote. “This is amazing! Thank you God! We are the champions!”
Ronaldo – who is the most followed person on Instagram with 315 million followers – shared a photo of himself with Maradona after his death in November that earned more than 19.8 million likes.
There are only a handful of other posts that have ever earned more likes. The most popular post of all time was a photo of an egg that stood out with more than 55 million likes to set the world record.
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