Lionel Messi broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram world record by racking up 20
Million likes on his Copa America trophy post.
The Barcelona star captained his national team to victory in the tournament with
a 1-0 win against Brazil.
It is the first major trophy the attacker has won with Argentina, having previously
lost in three Copa America finals and a World Cup final.
His rival Ronaldo previously held the record for the most-liked sports photo in the
social media app’s history.
The Juventus forward, 36, has more than 19.8 million likes for his post paying
homage to the late Diego Maradona in November 2020.
But after Messi, 34, helped Argentina win the Copa America by beating Brazil 1-0
In the final, his post-match snap broke the record.
He captioned the post: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you,
God! We are the champions.”
Messi, who won his first international trophy, is currently holidaying in Miami with
his wife as he looks to finally sign a new Barcelona contract.
It comes only a year after he handed in a shock transfer request in a bid to leave the
club. But now under new president Joan Laporta, the iconic Argentine is close to
committing his future to the Nou Camp.
Local reports in the Catalan capital say he has agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut
but will be offered a five-year deal instead of the two years initially talked about.
A lower salary for Messi is key to keeping him at the Nou Camp because of the club’s