Remarkable stat shows Cristiano Ronaldo’s staggering social media popularity as he reaches new Instagram milestone
Ronaldo recently became the first person to reach the milestone on the social media platform as he continues to lead the way from pop princess Ariana Grande (214 million followers) and Hollywood actor and wrestling icon Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (209 million).Also on rt.com Ronaldo ready to defy age and ‘play many, many more years’ as 35yo Juve star finishes year with most goals in Europe’s big leagues
As the 35-year-old football star’s following continues to break new ground, one stat highlighted just how popular the striker has become.
The boffins at ESPN FC showed that Ronaldo’s army of followers far outnumbers that of all 20 English Premier League clubs COMBINED.
Cristiano Ronaldo has more Instagram followers than all the Premier League clubs combined 🤯 pic.twitter.com/t8iz1de1iv— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 3, 2021
That includes the likes of Ronaldo's former club Manchester United – who often claim to be the world’s biggest club – as well as globally popular reigning Premier League champs Liverpool and fellow big names such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Bigger than this sport. His brand is unrivalled.— Carlo🐍 (@losblancocarlo) January 3, 2021
Such is Ronaldo’s mammoth social media clout, he was estimated to have earned $47.8 million from paid posts on Instagram last year.
The footballer’s typical Instagram output features images of himself training or in action for Juventus and Portugal, but also showing off his chiseled physique as well as pictures alongside his young family with partner Georgina Rodriguez, who herself has a healthy 22.8 million followers.
The only presence with more followers on the platform than Ronaldo is Instagram’s own account, which boasts 382 million followers.