Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes 1st Person to Reach 300M Instagram Followers


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In addition to being European football’s goalscoring king, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is now the unquestioned king of Instagram as well.

ESPN FC noted Friday that Ronaldo became the first person in the world to reach 300 million Instagram followers:

The accomplishment comes on the heels of Ronaldo scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Hungary during Portugal’s UEFA Euro 2020 opener on Tuesday.

With those goals, Ronaldo has 11 all time in European Championships, moving him past France’s Michel Platini for the record.

Ronaldo also has 106 goals for Portugal. He trails only Iran’s Ali Daei and his 109 goals for the most international goals in men’s soccer history.

The 36-year-old, who is appearing in a record fifth European Championship, has Portugal off to a great start, as they lead a stacked Group F with a 1-0-0 record and a plus-three goal differential.

Ronaldo and Portugal are next in action Saturday, when they travel to Munich to face Germany in a match that could go a long way toward determining the group winner.

With Ronaldo leading the way, Portugal won Euro 2016, and they have a chance to repeat if he keeps performing up to his reputation as one of the game’s greatest players.

All eyes in world football tend to be on Ronaldo, but with 300 million Instagram followers, it is clear that his appeal stretches far beyond the realm of sports.

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