Lionel Messi’s World Cup Instagram post breaks record to become most-liked ever
Lionel Messi’s World Cup celebration post has become the most-liked Instagram post in history, with 56 million likes.
The Argentinian footballer’s photo carousel documenting the moment he and his teammates beat France to win the World Cup trophy has surpassed the previous world record held by the World Record Egg, which gained 55.9 million likes.
In his Instagram caption, Messi said: “Thank you very much to my family, to all who support me and also to all who believed in us.
“We demonstrate once again that Argentines when we fight together and united we are capable of achieving what we set out to do.
“The merit belongs to this group, which is above individuals. It is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the dream of all Argentines... We did it!!!”
The highly-anticipated World Cup final that saw Argentina and France go head-to-head came to an end with Argentina taking home the trophy.
It was a close call with the two teams having to try their luck at penalties after being stuck at 3-3. The penalties saw Argentina win 4-2, helping the team’s captain, Lionel Messi, make history in more ways than one.
Messi has openly shared that it was his dream to help Argentina win its third crown â — and his first.
The famous footballer shared his joy on his Instagram, with a post of him and the gold World Cup trophy, with the caption: “CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!”
His emotive post quickly gained likes before setting a new record for the most liked post of all time on Instagram.
As of December 20, his post had more than 56 million likes, beating the previous record-holder, Christiano Ronaldo’s post by several million.
Ronaldo’s post was of him and Messi sat by a chessboard together seemingly deliberating their next move.
The image was taken as a part of a collaboration with luxury brand Louis Vuitton ahead of the World Cup. It gained 42 million likes.
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Messi since received 56 million likes, beating the record previously held by the World Record Egg, which was an image of a single egg that received 55.9 million likes.
The image was uploaded on January 4, 2019, purely to break the record, with the caption: “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this”