Cristiano Ronaldo is the first person to reach 500 million followers on Instagram
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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person to exceed 500 million followers on Instagram after posting an ad Louis Vuitton in which he appears and the also footballer Lionel Messi.

The only account with more followers is the Instagram official pageowned by Meta Platforms Inc., a spokesperson for the social media website confirmed. Argentina’s Messi is the second most popular celebrity with 376 million followers, based on your account statistics. He follows closely Kylie Jenner, with 372 million.

In the ad, Ronaldo and Messi, who compete with their national teams in the Qatar World Cup, lean against Louis Vuitton trunks while playing chess. The Portuguese player posted the image, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, on Saturday.

The photo had gathered more than 36.8 million likes see you Monday. The most-liked photo on the platform remains the World Record Egg post, with a cumulative 55.9 million likes since 2019an Instagram spokesperson said, adding that the company only keeps data from the past three months.

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In 2010, Leibovitz also photographed another generation of soccer players for the trunk manufacturer. That ad featured Pelé, Zinedine Zidane and the late Diego Maradona and it was also released before that year’s World Cup.

A representative for Louis Vuitton said it was the first time that both players had participated in an advertisement for the French brand, but he declined to say how much they each earn from this commercial.

In an Instagram post, Antoine Arnault, who heads image and communications for luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, said he was “really proud” to have helped run this campaign. He described the players as “two kings. two idols.

Since the World Cup began, Ronaldo, 37, has also run ads for cryptocurrency exchange Binance and a brand of anti-dandruff shampoo.

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