Social Media Milestone For Lionel Messi As The Argentine Becomes Only The Second Person To Reach 500 Million Instagram Followers

Lionel Messi Reaches 500M Instagram Followers: Top Followed With Most Instagram Followers

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Lionel Messi Reaches 500M Instagram Followers

Lionel Messi Reaches 500M Instagram Followers: Football icon Lionel Messi recently reached one of the biggest milestones of his career away from the field when he became only the second person to reach 500 million followers on the social media platform Instagram,

The Argentine, who is currently playing his trade for Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, has the second most followers on Instagram and is right behind his career rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo became the first person to reach the 500 million follower milestone on Instagram a few years back. While he and Messi go back and forth in statistics throughout their career, this is one stat where CR7 is way ahead. Currently, at 622 million, Ronaldo is over 100 million followers ahead of Lionel.

Lionel Messi Reaches 500M Instagram Followers: Top Followed With Most Instagram Followers

Despite that, reaching 500 million followers is a massive achievement. This means that about 20% of 2.5 billion Instagram users worldwide follow Lionel Messi.

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Ronaldo and Messi are first and second on the list of most followers. Actor/musician Salena Gomez is third with 429 million, and media personality Kylie Jenner is fourth with 400 million, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rounds out the top five with 397 million Instagram followers.

His following becomes more absurd when we consider other sports and their followers. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has more Insta followers than all NFL players combined. He also has more followers than all 154 teams in the five major US sports leagues combined.

Breaking down his following, most of Messi’s Instagram followers are from Brazil, as the nation of Pele and Neymar contributes 12% to Messi’s following. Next is India with 8.1%, his home country of Argentina is third with 6.5%, and the USA is fourth with 6.2%. 72% of his Instagram followers are male and 85% of them are under 34 years old.

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Lionel Messi will next take to the pitch for Inter Miami on 3 March when they will take on their state rivals Orlando City FC.