Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first athlete to gain 500 million social media followers

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first athlete to gain 500 million social media followers

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Cristiano Ronaldo has 500 million followers on social media, making him the athlete with the highest fans

- The Juventus striker has been making waves in the current season and even helped his side qualify into the Coppa Italia final

- Ronaldo is also the highest goalscorer in Serie A with 16 goals from 17 appearances so far

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Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark, this time on social media, as he became the first athlete to amass half a billion followers across various social media platforms.

Ronaldo sets new record as undisputed king over all other sporting celebrities
Cristiano Ronaldo now has 500million followers on social media, the highest among athletes. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop
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Over the years, the 36-year old has established himself as a global icon and one of the greatest football stars to ever live.

As a result, fans from across all walks of life and sports have taken keen interest in Ronaldo and his lifestyle and this has greatly helped his social media cause.

Taking into account Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the Juventus forward has a collective follower count of over 500 million.

This came only months after he celebrated becoming the first human to clock 200 million followers on Instagram.

He remains the most followed human on the photo-sharing platform, currently boasting 261 million followers and counting.

On Twitter, Ronaldo has a staggering 91 million followers and is closing in on the 100 million mark.

Facebook is his second most popular platform after Instagram as his personal page has over 125 million likes.

One of Ronaldo’s biggest advantages over other athletes in terms of the social media game is the fact that he is overly active and actually pays attention to detail.

This has made him hot property in terms of acquiring endorsements and attracting followers who are not necessarily interested in football.

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He also inspires the ladies with cute photos of his family and his stunning girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

Compared to his rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has 78 more followers on Instagram while on Twitter, he is undisputed since the Argentine does not have a personal account.

On Youtube, Ronaldo has well over one million subscribers despite not using his account for more than four years now. earlier covered a report which broke down why Ronaldo earns more on social media than on his Juventus payroll.

On Instagram, for example, the superstar makes an average of £971,000 per sponsored post and he had a £ 3.5 million increase in social media profits in 2020 compared to the previous year.

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Rene Otinga is a journalist with over five years experience in the digital media space and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya. An ardent fan of Manchester United, Otinga is a Sports Editor at and his writing mainly revolves around the world of football and lifestyle in the sporting world. He is inspired by the need to inform and entertain through compelling stories.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and