Be it on the football pitch or off it, Cristiano Ronaldo just loves winning! Cristiano Ronaldo may be entering the latter stages of his career, but his popularity remains extremely high. And now, adding another accolade to his impressive list of career achievements, the Portuguese superstar can now boast about being the most followed person on Instagram.
At the time of publishing, the Juventus forward has surpassed singer and actress Selena Gomez who was the previous holder to his title with 144,308,767 followers, while Ronaldo has 144,309,204 followers to his name.
Hollywood celebrities Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian sit at fourth and fifth spot respectively, while Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar Jr is the only athlete to feature in the list of the top 10 most followed celebrities.
The football world was stunned earlier this year during the summer transfer window when the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid and joined Juventus, after spending nine years with the Spanish club. It came as a shock to many, given how much the 33-year-old loved his club, and the amount of success both he and the club had achieved in the previous few years.
Ronaldo had immediately taken to social media to announce his move, after completing his transfer to Juventus. The former Real Madrid star posted an image of himself in the iconic black and white strip accompanied with the words: "Forza Juve".
Interestingly within three days, the post announcing his deal fetched a staggering 12.2 million and counting likes. The post makes its entry in the fifth most liked post on Instagram. However, the 33-year old has not yet topped his own best post on Instagram, with the post announcing the birth of his daughter Alana Martina occupying the fourth spot.
Now, months after his move, the five-time Ballon d'Or has revealed the exact reason as to why he ended his association with Blancos. Speaking to France Football, he said,
"I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning. For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after. The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving."