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Most liked football posts on Instagram in 2021

Mudeet Arora
Messi and Ronaldo's posts are among the most liked football related posts on Instagram.
Messi and Ronaldo's posts are among the most liked football related posts on Instagram. / 90min/Getty Images
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2021 was quite an incredible year on social media, especially when it came to football.

Instagram competed with Twitter for the "football social media" surpremacy this year and it was fair to say that both platforms succeeded in their own unique ways.

However, as we end the calendar year, it is customary to have a look at footballers' or football related posts that gained the most amount of traction on Instagram.

Instagram posts by footballers that got the most likes in 2021:


Cristiano Ronaldo's twins - October 29

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo announcing the news of his twins on Instagram / Cristiano Ronaldo/Instagram

At the time of writing, this post had over 32.2 million likes with Ronaldo's overall Instagram following standing at 382 million.


Lionel Messi signs for PSG - August 11

Messi
Lionel Messi signs for PSG / Lionel Messi/Instagram

At the time of writing, this post by Lionel Messi had 22.1 million likes on Instagram.

Messi's overall following right now stands at 294 million.


Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy - July 11

Lionel Messi, Copa America
Lionel Messi posing with the Copa America trophy / Lionel Messi/Instagram

At the time of writing, this post by Lionel Messi had 22 million likes on Instagram. This image became the most liked sports photo in the history of the platform before Cristiano Ronaldo's twins announcement in October that broke all records.


Messi leaving FC Barcelona - August 8

Messi, Leo Messi, FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi announcing his Barcelona departure / Lionel Messi/Instagram

At the time of writing, this post by Lionel Messi had 21.2 million likes on Instagram.


Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return - August 27

At the time of writing, this post by Manchester United had 13.04 million likes on Instagram.


Neymar Jr's picture with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe - September 29

At the time of writing, this post by Neymar had 12.4 million likes on Instagram.

Messi, Neymar, Mbappe
Neymar posing with Messi and Mbappe at PSG / Neymar Jr/Instagram

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