Argentina and Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has broken a recording following his first-ever international trophy for his country. The Argentine shined in the just concluded Copa America as he helped his nation lift the Copa America trophy.
According to reports, as a result of the success, Lionel Messi also broke another record that long-term Balon D’or rival Cristiano Ronaldo previously held. In the wake of the victory on July 10, the six-times Ballon d’Or winner took to his Instagram handle to toast to his country’s triumph with a picture of him in the changing room proudly holding the trophy alongside the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!”
Lionel Messi’s Picture Hits Over 20 Million Likes on Instagram
Today, the picture has hit over 20 million likes, thus making the photo the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete. Cristiano Ronaldo was the person holding the record before now. Ronaldo’s touching tribute to the late Diego Maradona was the post with the highest likes.
Coincidentally, Messi’s tribute to Maradona, someone he worked closely with within the international set-up, also featured in the top 20 most popular posts from an athlete, having been liked 16.4 million times, placing it 16th list.
The Copa America success was well-earned, with Lionel Messi comfortably the tournament player, a constant thorn in the side of just about every team he faced. However, arguably Messi’s most quiet night came in the final, leaving Angel Di Maria to step up and notch the matchwinner at the Maracana.
The trophy marked Argentina’s first piece of silverware in 28 years, mainly down to the genius of the Barcelona skipper. Meanwhile, Messi has reportedly agreed to a new five-year deal at Barcelona.