Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo with most liked photo on Instagram

An Instagram image of Lionel Messi holding the Copa America trophy after Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Brazil has become the most liked sports photo on the platform, surpassing a record 20million likes.

Messi celebrated his first major title with Argentina as they lifted the Copa America following thier win over Brazil at the Maracana stadium on July 10.

Messi posted the picture with the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!”

The post by the Barcelona superstar broke the previous record of 19.8 million likes that was held by Cristiano Ronaldo after he paid tribute to Diego Maradona after his death.


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Ronaldo shared a black and white photograph of himself with Maradona & wrote: “Today I’m saying goodbye to a friend and the world is saying goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best of all-time. An unparalleled magician.

“He leaves too soon, but he leaves a legacy without limits and an emptiness that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

Messi, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner, was voted the best player of the Copa America after scoring four goals and providing five assists in the competition.

The Argentina skipper is expected to finally sign a new contract with Barcelona as soon as possible.


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