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Cristiano Ronaldo Hits 500 Million Instagram Followers After Louis Vuitton Ad

  • Annie Leibovitz shot the ad, featuring Ronaldo and Messi
  • Football star breaks record for number of Instagram followers
Cristiano Ronaldo in Qatar on Nov. 21.
Cristiano Ronaldo in Qatar on Nov. 21.Photographer: Patricia De Melo Moreira/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first person to pass 500 million followers on Instagram after posting a Louis Vuitton ad featuring himself and fellow football player, Lionel Messi.

The only account with more followers is Meta Platforms Inc.-owned Instagram’s official page, a spokesperson for the social media website confirmed. Argentina’s Messi is the second-most-popular celebrity with 376 million followers, according to his account’s statistics. He’s closely followed by Kylie Jenner, with 372 million.