News Desk, 21 Sept – Later this year in Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will compete in their fifth World Cup, which will likely be their final outing on the international stage. However, it appears that Ronaldo has already eclipsed his rivals after being crowned the most important player on Instagram prior to the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo’s Instagram followers have grown by 47% in the past year, citing rankings provided by researchers Nielsen Sports. His posts also have a media value of more than $3.5 million on average.
The rankings were made public in order to evaluate the Instagram followings of the national teams and football players from across the world who will compete in the Qatar World Cup. According to Instagram measurements gathered between August 2021 and July 2022, the rankings were announced.
Ronaldo appears to be the most followed footballer on Instagram, where he has somewhere about 480 million followers. Recently, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner opened the scoring for Manchester United against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.
With an impressive following of almost 360 million, Lionel Messi holds down second place in the standings. The Argentine striker generates a media value of $2.6 million with every post, with an increase of 38% in Instagram followers over the past year.
In the rankings, Kyllian Mbappe is ranked fourth, followed by Neymar in third place. The player with the most increased Instagram followers among the top 10 players on the list was Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid. In the previous 12 months, the Brazilian striker’s Instagram following increased by 90%.
Gavi, a Spanish midfielder, became one of the World Cup’s most influential players on Instagram. The Instagram account of the 18-year-old Barcelona football player showed extraordinary development over the previous year, increasing by 5,165 percent. The teenager has already scored twice while donning the Barcelona jersey 55 times.
worldwide winners According to Nielsen, France is presently the most influential national football team on Instagram. There are around 11.7 million fans of the Bleus. With almost 11.5 million Instagram followers, the Brazilian football club comes in second place.