One of the greatest names in sports, Cristiano Ronaldo, has broken records not only on field but now also on the internet. His fans and followers have surpassed Portugal, England, Spain, Italy and now are all over the world. He is a phenomena with fans having fan clubs present in each country in the world. He is suitably described as “the phenomenal phenomenon, that is Cristiano Ronaldo.”
And this number of followers indicate just half of his popularity as not everyone is on Instagram. If every fan makes an Instagram account and follows him, the global popularity of this legend can’t be matched. If the whole 8 million population of Switzerland or 8 millions of Austrians follow him, the follower count will be staggering.
Ronaldo’s global fan base has just evolved and expanded over the years following his footballing spells in Portugal, England, Spain and now Italy. He is the sportsman who has won Ballon d’Or five times. One cannot forget that when he moved to the United Kingdom (population 67million) when he was just 18 years old to join Manchester United, his fee was $16.3million. One can easily conclude how much the teenager was being paid!
At that time Ronaldo was the most expensive for a teenager in English football history. But to see him win a total of eight trophies which included three successive Premier League titles and the Champions League for Manchester United, the fees seems small.
Later, Real Madrid secured the services of the forward in a then football world record $103.6million. The contract earned him $12.1million per year. He won everything available to him including 4 Champions League titles, netting a breathtaking 311 goals in 292 La Liga appearances.