Football superstar Lionel Messi is back commanding the headline this time for beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo on photo-sharing app Instagram.
This comes bare a week after he put some international football demons to bed as he inspired Argentine to Copa America glory, beating fierce rivals Brazil 1-0 in the final.
As a result of the success, Messi also broke a record that was previously held by long-term Ballon D’or rival Ronaldo.
In the wake of the victory on July 10, Messi took to Instagram to toast their 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!”
Well, the photo has been liked more than 20 million times, thus making the image the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete.
Ronaldo’s record lasted just under a year, as the previously most liked post came in the form of his touching tribute to the late Diego Maradona after his death in late 2020.
The tournament success was well-earned, with Messi comfortably the player of the tournament, a constant thorn in the side of just about every team he faced.
Having experienced so much heartache on the international stage before, Messi’s elation and relief at the full-time whistle were obvious, as he fell to his knees in celebration.
The trophy marked Argentina’s first piece of silverware in 28 years, mainly down to the sparkling genius of the Barcelona talisman.