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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes the First celebrity to Pass 500 Million Followers on Instagram

Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record, but this time, not on the field. Ronaldo continues to set records on and off the pitch as he reached 500 million followers on social media.

According to British tabloid The Sun, he became the first celebrity recently to reach the milestone figure across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. At the time of writing, the Juventus star has 124 million on Facebook, 91 million on Twitter, and 262 million followers on Instagram. According to the newspaper, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner exceeds a million fans on YouTube despite him not using the account for almost four years.

In February, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person to hit 400 million followers on Instagram. Now the Manchester United and Portuguese football star has become the first to attain 500 million followers making him one of the most digitally influential persons on the planet.

Social media is more than just a good source of income for the star footballer. The same newspaper reported last year that he earns more money through social media than what he does while playing for Juventus. Ronaldo’s on-field domination has seen him make big gains off the field. The Juventus star mints millions for paid promotions on social media and not to forget his lucrative contract with the club.

To put this into context, Ronaldo has now more followers than all the 20 English Premier League clubs combined, which sums up to be around 160 million followers. The figure is almost 100 million short of Cristiano Ronaldo Instagram followers’ tally. Among the Premier League club’s Instagram stats, Manchester United lead the way with 39.2 million followers.

Instagram is thought to have around 1 billion users which means that around 15% of the platform’s users are following the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Ariana Grande with around 221 million followers comes the closest to Ronaldo. Former WWE Superstar and currently the highest-paid actor in the world  Dwayne The Rock Johnson comes third with 217 million followers. among sportspersons,  Lionel Messi, Neymar has 183 million followers while Neymar has 146 million followers.


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