Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, amasses whopping 400 million followers on Instagram, becoming the first person to reach the milestone.
Ronaldo was still the most followed celebrity on Instagram even before reaching 400 million followers. His Instagram following increased after the footballer celebrated his 37th birthday.
Ronaldo shared the picture of his birthday with his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, on his Instagram. He is expected to marry her soon. He posted the picture with a lovely caption, “Life is a roller coaster. Hard work, high speed, urgent goals, demanding expectations… But in the end, it all comes down to family, love, honesty, friendship, values that make it all worth it.”
Ronaldo has posted 3,242 pictures on his Instagram account with an average of 10 million on his posts. The star footballer only follows 500 accounts on Instagram. Last year, Ronaldo became the first person ever to reach 300 million followers on Instagram. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is the third-most followed person on Instagram with 306 million followers on his Instagram.
In 2021, Ronaldo caused a major loss to the Coca-Cola company. The gesture of Cristiano Ronaldo moving the Euro’s 2020 sponsored Coca-Cola drinks from the press conference had reportedly cost the company a loss of $4 billion.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of representing his country at the group-stage match against Hungary, removed the two bottles of Coca-Cola and replaced them with water bottles. His gesture reportedly caused the $4bn fall in the share price of Coca-Cola.
The football star then moved forward by holding a water bottle and saying “Agua(water)”. The share price of Coca-Cola fell from $56.10 to $55.22 after a 30-minute long press conference of Ronaldo promoting drinking water instead of fizzy drinks.
The video of Cristiano Ronaldo replacing the Coca-Cola bottles with water went viral on social media creating an online controversy. Coca-Cola then released a statement on the issue in which it said that “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” with different “tastes and needs”.