Lionel Messi’s World Cup post breaks record for most Instagram likes
Lionel Messi has garnered another achievement along with this first World Cup victory: most-liked post on Instagram.
After taking home his first-ever title on Sunday, the soccer superstar posted a gallery of photos from the trophy presentation to his Instagram page, the first being an image of himself hoisting the trophy.
‘World champions!!!!!!!’ Messi wrote in Spanish to his 403 million followers. ‘I dreamed of this so many times, I wished for this so much I still haven’t fallen, I can’t believe it.’
In the 48 hours since he hit publish, the post has racked up 62 million likes and counting. The gallery has comments from his Argentina teammates, Uruguay star and former Barcelona teammate Luis Suárez, the accounts from his clubs Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and Argentinian rapper and actor WOS and deejay Steve Aoki.
The Golden Ball winner now has four of the top 10 most-liked posts on Instagram, including a photo celebrating a victory in the World Cup semifinals, his post of a Louis Vuitton ad where he is playing chess against his rival Cristiano Ronaldo and an image of him on the team plane holding the trophy.
Messi’s post passes a photo of an egg that previously held the record at 56 million double taps. The World Record Egg was posted in 2019 with the intent to outdo Kylie Jenner’s post announcing the birth of her daughter as the most-liked Instagram post.