Lionel Messi Thumps Cristiano Ronaldo as Most Viewed Person on Instagram

Published 10/12/2021, 12:59 PM EDT
MONACO, MONACO – AUGUST 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool react during the UEFA Champions League Draw, part of the UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)


The high-profile transfer moves of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were a shock for many soccer fans. One left his boyhood club while the other returned to his. In arguably the most exciting transfer window of all time, two of the greatest players ever shook the world.

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Messi and Ronaldo also amass the greatest following in soccer, by far. Millions of fans idolize these superstars and desperately await any updates about their favorites. Hence, both these players had the most viewed profiles on the soccer site, Transfermarkt. But, which player amongst the two came out on top?

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Lionel Messi tops the list

The answer to that question would be Lionel Messi. The site rated him on top as the most viewed profile during the summer transfer window. CR7 was placed right behind him, with Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe following the duo. Chelsea’s latest recruit, Romelu Lukaku, who is scoring goals for fun in the Premier League, is placed fourth. The fifth ranked player could come as a surprise, as Galatasaray’s latest recruit, Olimpiu Morutan, takes that spot.

The rest of the players are close to each other with Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and Neymar making the list. However, it would surprise no one to see Messi and Ronaldo on top of the list.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Paris St Germain v Manchester City – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 28, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring their first goal with Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Especially, Lionel Messi whose departure from Barcelona was unexpected. With the club debt-ridden, they had no other option other than to sell the player due to his high wages. Even though he made a slow start to his career at PSG, his goal against Manchester City speaks volumes about his ability.

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Cristiano Ronaldo starts well for Manchester United

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Ronaldo, however, has made a seamless transition to his boyhood club, Manchester United. He has scored five goals in six appearances for the Red Devils and has made a fantastic start to the season.

With both these players finding their feet, it will take time for the team to adapt to them. The combination between Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe is slowly forming but PSG’s form has not been great. Similarly, Manchester United have had a slow start to the season. After a bright start, United’s home form has not been good. Aston Villa defeated them while Everton took home a point.

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Although both these players have their problems in settling down, they are the best players in the world. Their importance cannot be underestimated, and it is no surprise that they had the most viewed profiles this summer.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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