Ronaldo surpasses Messi as the strongest player on Instagram; Gavi super star

When the World Cup kicks off in a couple of months, it sure looks like Portugal and Manchester United are superstars Cristiano Ronaldo He’s heading to the tournament as the most powerful player in the world – at least in terms of his social media influence.

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Ronaldo beat his arch rival Lionel Messi to the top List compiled by Nielsen sports media analystswhich evaluated the Instagram followings of all the best players and teams due to participate in Qatar to find out who has the most power online.

Based on Instagram measurements taken from August 2021 to July 2022, the ratings are generated using the specially designed Nielsen Impact Scale. It takes into account several key performance indicators (KPIs), such as total Instagram account followers, follower growth rate, content engagement rate, and average brand value per post (the brand’s brand value to associate with the player).

Shattering all relevant data, Ronaldo has emerged at the top of the World Cup stakes with a fairly comfortable margin between himself and his rivals, proving that the 37-year-old’s influence on social media is stronger than ever.

In addition to the strongest players who will appear at the World Cup, Nielsen has also created rankings for the strongest men’s national teams, as well as a separate ranking for the tournament’s strongest young stars – the players with the biggest growth increases on social media over the past year.

The strongest players of the World Cup on Instagram

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano), Portugal / Manchester United

As one of the most famous footballers of all time, it is perhaps not surprising to find that Ronaldo leads a huge legion of nearly 480 million followers on Instagram alone, a whopping total that has ballooned by nearly 47% in the last year since his return to Man United, carrying all Job Estimated value is approximately $3,585,218.

2. Lionel Messi (leomessi), Argentina / Paris Saint-Germain

While falling behind his eternal rival in the battle for supremacy on Instagram, Messi boasts a perfectly respectable following of around 360 million, as a result of a similarly impressive growth rate of 38% over the past 12 months – the period during which he left Barcelona for PSG . It is also calculated that each of the 35-year-old’s posts has a massive brand value of $2,631,388.

3. Neymar (neymarjr), Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain

Joining Messi on the podium is Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar, which is by far the biggest Instagram draw that Brazil have presented ahead of the World Cup finals. The 30-year-old has nearly 178 million followers, which only increased 13% between August 2021 and July 2022, with each post worth $1,152,495.

The top five places have been completed by the French international Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe (72 million) Brazilian Vinicius Jr (21.8 million), and the latter has seen his follower count rise nearly 90% in the past year – the highest growth rate for any player in the entire top ten – after an impressive 12 months with Real Madrid.

The most powerful players of the World Cup on Instagram

1. dry (palogavi), Spain / Barcelona

Despite his tender years, the talented 18-year-old Spanish midfielder already has nearly 6.2 million followers on Instagram, with his account growing at 5,165% in the last year. A great show at Qatar 2022 will only increase these numbers.

2. Ravenha (raphinha), Brazil / Barcelona

Marquee’s move from Leeds United to Barcelona in July 2022 has helped swell Raphinha’s Instagram followers to nearly 3 million, up nearly 900% from the previous August.

3. Anthony (@antony00), Brazil / Manchester United

Once again, a major move to one of the world’s most famous clubs has seen Anthony’s Instagram follower rise by 211% in the past few months to nearly 4.9 million. There is no doubt that a goal on his debut for Manchester United helped boost the numbers even further.

another barcelona player, pedryappears in fourth place, but there is a surprising name in fifth place: the Argentina international Rodrigo Dibolwho plays for Atletico Madrid.

The strongest national teams in the World Cup on Instagram

1. France (equipedefrance)

With star names like Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema In the clouds, glaucoma Recorded by Nielsen it has a following of 11.7 million, with more than half of those followers (64.8%) located outside France.

2. Brazil (cbf_futebol)

The Silicao You have a healthy follower count of 11.5 million, even though only 35% of that number comes from outside Brazil.

3. Portugal 10.4 86.41

Supposedly attracting huge numbers of fans from all over the world to the national team account, Portugal has 10.4 million followers – 86.4% live outside the country.

England ranks fourth in the list of the most popular teams, followed by Argentina in fifth.