Lionel Messi has not just win Copa America but has also surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram record of most likes on an athlete’s photo following the outcome of the tournament.
After Argentina’s triumph at the 2021 Copa America, Messi took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself with the silverware inside the locker room. The photo was liked by more than 20 million people and 515,000 comments – making it the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete.
The post in question is a picture of Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy with the caption:
“What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!”
The Instagram Post;
Ronaldo previously set the record in 2020 for his tribute post to Diego Maradona, who passed away at the age of 60 with 19.9 million likes.
Messi’s own tribute post to Maradona in November 2020 was liked 16.4 million times, making it the 16th most popular Instagram post in history.
With more than 20 million likes, Lionel Messi’s post is currently the sixth most liked picture on Instagram. Apart from the Barcelona star and Cristiano Ronaldo, no other athlete makes the top 20 list.