Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first person to surpass 500 million followers across the major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Ronaldo, 36, is one of the most well-known athletes in the world, having played for three of the largest football clubs—Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus—while also starring for the Portugal national team during a career that's spanned two decades.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has utilized social media to help bolster his income streams.
Buzz Bingo reported Ronaldo earned $50.3 million from sponsored Instagram posts in 2020, the highest total in the world and well ahead of the next-highest earners, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi ($30.4 million) and reality television star Kendall Jenner ($25.6 million).
In September, Forbes reported the goal-scoring sensation became the first football player in history to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
Here's his follower count by platform:
- Instagram: 261 million
- Facebook: 148 million
- Twitter: 91 million
Those numbers figure to continue rising as the rise toward 1 billion followers gets underway.