The two titans of football have long been involved in fierce competition, but it appears their battle is no longer just on-field.
Cristiano Ronaldo simply loves breaking old records and setting new ones on the pitch – and he’s no stranger to making records off the pitch either.
Just earlier this year, Ronaldo became the first footballer in history to be rewarded in cryptocurrency for his career achievements when he received 770 crypto tokens in the honor of scoring 770 senior career goals.
CR7 has unparalleled online popularity among athletes and has amassed over half a billion followers on social media platforms. Not too long ago, he created history by becoming the first person to reach 300 million followers on Instagram.
It is only natural, therefore, for his posts on social media to have a colossal reach.
In November 2020, the Juventus superstar made a post on Instagram that went on to become the most popular Instagram post ever by an athlete. The post in question, which has 19.8 million likes at the time of writing, was his tribute to Diego Maradona after the Argentine passed away.
However, Lionel Messi has now managed to one-up his long-term nemesis with a post related to his recent Copa America triumph.
Messi posted a picture of himself holding the Copa America trophy on Instagram with the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s celebratory post instantly became viral, attracting a whopping 19.9 million likes within less than a week – and the engagement on it is only growing each day.