Cristiano Ronaldo is possibly the greatest athlete in sports today, and certainly one of the best from the Millennial generation. After winning Best Player, Best Forward and Best Individual Goal awards for La Liga for the 2013-2014 campaign, Ronaldo has enough achievements for his own museum despite being only 29.
His most recent award, however, was not earned on the pitch. On Friday, Facebook gifted Ronaldo a trophy congratulating him for reaching 100 million fans on his Facebook page. Ronaldo is the world’s first athlete to accomplish the feat, and has established himself as one of the most followed people on social media. He also has over 31 million Twitter followers.
Ronaldo is the second-most liked person on Facebook, trailing Shakira by 4 million likes. Ronaldo’s greatest rival on the pitch, Lionel Messi, is the 8th-most liked person on Facebook with 75 million likes. Ronaldo may have the top spot on lock, but let’s take a look at his competition. Here are the top 10 most popular athletes on Facebook.
#10. Mesut Özil – 26,691,435 likes
#9. Michael Jordan – 27,326,748 likes
#8. Ronaldinho Gaucho – 28,418,291 likes
#7. Ricardo Kakà – 32,145,981 likes
#6. John Cena – 34,227,755 likes
#5. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) – 42,732,640 likes
#4. Neymar – 48,977,351 likes
#3. David Beckham – 50,152,219 likes
#2. Lionel Messi – 75,039,276 likes
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 101,706,564 likes
While one may expect LeBron James and Kobe Bryant to have made this list, they both finished around 5 million fans shy of making the cut. King James comes in at 13th with 21,931,366 likes while Kobe ranks 14th with 20,806,053 likes.