Cristiano Ronaldo is now the most followed human being on Instagram despite his move against soft drink manufacturing brand, Coke Cola. The Portuguese footballer now has over 301 million followers on Instagram.
He hit this number after he decided to remove the coke drinks placed in front of him during a press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 Group match between Portugal and Hungary on June 15, 2021.
The move caused Coke Cola to lose $4 billion in the value of their shares which was unprecedented based on stock market analysis.
Though some believed that the move was unnecessary, the move did not affect Cristiano Ronaldo as he ended up scoring two goals in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary the following day.
It didn’t also affect the growth of his Instagram followers as his followers increased from over 200 to over 300 million which means that he is the first human being on earth to have such a high number of followers on Instagram.
Recall that Cristiano Ronaldo was the first footballer to reach 200 million followers on Instagram. But this time around, he is not just the first footballer to hit 300 million followers, he is the first human in the world to do so.
As it stands, no footballer is close to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of the number of followers on Instagram. The footballer whose number of followers is closest to Ronaldo is Lionel Messi who currently has 219 million Instagram followers.
Besides Messi, another footballer that could be said to be a little bit closer to Ronaldo’s number is Neymar. The Brazilian footballer currently has 152 million Instagram followers.
Generally, after Cristiano Ronaldo, the second human on earth with the highest amount of Instagram followers is Wrestling icon turned Hollywood actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson with 246 million followers. While the third most followed human on earth is American singer Ariana Grande with 244 million followers.
Though Ronaldo is 36-year-old, it is expected that his Instagram followers might continue to rise due to his charisma on and off the pitch. He never bores his followers as he always uses his Instagram page to flaunt his personal life, his family, and his activities on the field.
Ronaldo is currently helping Portugal in the ongoing Euro 2020 campaign. He will lead the team to face Germany later today, June 19 at 17:00.
Ahead of the game, the coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos noted that the national team is not built around a particular player but on every player on the team.
This means that even if Ronaldo is caged in the game, the ineffectiveness of the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner might not affect the efficiency of the team against Germany tonight.
The Portuguese tactician said: “I have to motivate every single player, not just Ronaldo for instance. Portugal’s value is based on our team.
“It’s great to have Ronaldo on our side, we’re very proud to have him but Cristiano alone cannot win a match.
“We will want everyone to be motivated: the starting 11 and those who are brought on.
“It’s important to be motivated but also focused. The will to win is very important, what comes from inside, from within from your soul, that’s what creates this amazing desire to win.
“We have to want to win but we have to know how to win because one without the other is useless.”