Lionel Messi Eclipses Cristiano Ronaldo as PSG Gain More Instagram Followers Than Manchester United

Published 09/04/2021, 11:45 AM EDT


The 2021 transfer window was perhaps one of the wildest transfer windows in recent history. It was spearheaded by the moves of two modern greats, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Perhaps two of the best players ever, both Messi and Ronaldo joined different teams this summer.

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While the Argentine had to move away from his boyhood club FC Barcelona, Ronaldo was in a dire need of some change in scenery and angled a move away from Juventus. Joining French giants Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively, these moves sent shock waves all around the globe.

Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of followers gained for clubs

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Messi and Ronaldo are two of the biggest names in the footballing world. Given their incredible performances on the pitch and their activity off it, both CR7 and Messi have an enormous number of followers on social media.

While these superstars may cost a fortune in wages, they bring in multiple fans and followers with them. This is pretty much visible in the spike in numbers the clubs have seen ever since the moves from LM10 and CR7.

PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to President Nasser Al Khelaifi after the press conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sebastien Muylaert/Getty Images)

While Ronaldo’s incredible transfer took majority of the headlines, Messi’s transfer made much more of an impact on the team since his transfer. Ever since his move to the Parisians, the French giants have had a massive boost to their social media.

The day Messi’s arrival was confirmed, PSG gained 3.4 million followers in that day itself. These insane numbers continued for the first week as well as PSG gained around 8.8 million followers in the first week itself.

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Ronaldo meanwhile also had an incredible effect on the team. After the confirmation of CR7’s arrival, United gained 2.4 million followers in the first two days. The club also added more than 4.08 million followers.

While CR7 has the most following in social media, this certainly speaks volumes about the shock-waves Messi’s departure from Barca created and how this move swayed away multiple followers.

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Both the superstars embark on a new journey this season. PSG will hope that Messi is the missing piece they need to win the Champions League. As for Ronaldo, he will hope to help the ‘Red Devils’ win some silverware. Whom do you think will have a greater impact on the team’s success? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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