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EURO 2024: Instagram explodes as Ronaldo shatters followers record after round of 16

Following closely behind Ronaldo, Spain’s rising star Lamine Yamal gained 520,748 new followers, while England’s Jude Bellingham attracted 399,015 followers during the same period...

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EURO 2024: Instagram explodes as Ronaldo shatters followers record after round of 16

In an electrifying twist at EURO 2024, Cristiano Ronaldo has surged as the ultimate social media sensation, amassing an astounding 614,437 new followers on Instagram since the round of 16 concluded. This remarkable increase propels Ronaldo to the forefront of follower gains, captivating fans and analysts alike with his unparalleled digital influence.

Following closely behind Ronaldo, Spain’s rising star Lamine Yamal gained 520,748 new followers, while England’s Jude Bellingham attracted 399,015 followers during the same period. The data, analyzed between June 27 and July 3, 2024, showcases the immense popularity and growing influence of these football icons.

Notably, Turkey has made a significant impact, with six players from their squad featuring in the top 20. Kenan Yildiz leads the Turkish contingent, adding over 341,555 new followers to his account. Other notable Turkish players include Arda Guler (+282,269) and Hakan Calhanoglu (+175,585).

In percentage terms, Portugal’s Diogo Costa saw the most dramatic increase, with a 107.5% rise in followers, translating to 387,058 new fans. Spain’s Nico Williams also enjoyed a substantial boost, with a 39.49% increase, adding 379,929 followers.

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Since the beginning of EURO 2024, Turkey’s players have collectively gained the most followers, amassing a remarkable 3.610 million new followers. Between the group stages and the end of the round of 16, Turkey’s total follower gain stood at 1.482 million.

The collective influence of EURO 2024 squads is undeniable, with a total of 23.1 million new Instagram followers gained across all participating teams.

For a comprehensive look at the follower growth of all 600+ players in the EURO 2024 squads, including potential earnings, you can explore our detailed table (here)

This data, provided by Apuestas-deportivas.es, highlights the ever-growing synergy between sports and social media, demonstrating how on-field performance translates into digital popularity.

METHODOLOGY

– Instagram follower counts of EURO 2024 squads were collected before the tournament and tracked throughout.
– Data is current as of July 3, 2024.
– Accounts that were private or disabled during initial data collection were not included.
– Potential earnings per Instagram post were estimated at $10 per 1,000 followers.

Written by Gerry Otim, Digital PR Manager at Better Collective

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