Lionel Messi breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram record with 20m likes on post
An image of Lionel Messi posing with his first major international trophy has become the most liked sports post on photo sharing app Instagram.
The picture of the Argentina legend holding the Copa America trophy has racked up over 20.8million likes since being posted on the 11th of July, surpassing the previous record of 19.8million likes.
Messi captioned his post "What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!" after Argentina ended their 28 year wait for a major title with victory over Brazil at the Maracana.
The victory also allowed the Barcelona icon to collect his first major international honour at 34 years of age.
Prior to Messi's post, the previous record was aptly held by Cristiano Ronaldo, after his tribute to the late Diego Maradona racked up 19.8million likes after his death in November 2020.
The Juventus forward posted a black and white picture of the pair with the caption: "Today I'm saying goodbye to a friend and the world is saying goodbye to an eternal genius.
"One of the best of all-time. An unparalleled magician.
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"He leaves too soon, but he leaves a legacy without limits and an emptiness that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten."
The 1986 World Cup winner passed away in his native Argentina following a heart attack, drawing tributes from the footballing world.
The support on Messi's post comes as he lifted his first senior title for Argentina at his tenth major tournament and his fifth final.
Messi was named player of the tournament and finished as joint top scorer with Colombia's Luis Diaz after scoring four times in seven appearances.
The Argentina record appearance maker and leading scorer was an Olympic and Under-20 world champion with La Albiceleste during the 2000s.
Since making his bow for his country in 2005, Messi has earned 151 caps and scored a total of 76 international goals.
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