Virat Kohli makes history by becoming 1st Indian to join Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi & more in THIS list

Captain of the Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli has crossed the 100 million follower mark on Instagram. Becoming the first Asian celebrity to achieve this milestone, he has stunned the world.
Virat Kohli makes history by becoming 1st Indian to join Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi & more in THIS list
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli set a new record and this time not for his exceptional batsmanship, but his extraordinary fan-following. By becoming the first Indian celebrity to cross the 100 million follower mark on Instagram, the leader of the Indian cricket team made history as of 1st March 2021. As remarkable as his achievement is, fans of the cricketer have never been more proud. Shortly after the news broke, netizens took over social media to share congratulatory messages and expressed their excitement over the batsman making Indians proud once again.

Kohli has managed to beat several of Bollywood’s well-known faces like Priyanka Chopra who has a fan-following of 60 million on the photo-sharing platform, Deepika Padukone having 53.3 million, and even the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who follows shortly after Deepika with 51.2 million. His unfathomable record wasn’t that shocking considering how popular he is global. Known for his amazing leadership quality, he is rightfully considered one of the best batsmen in the world.

Virat is not just the first Indian celebrity to reach this milestone, but also the first Asian. The batsman is also the most followed sportsperson on the Facebook–owned platform. According to the Celebrity Brand Valuation Study by Duff & Phelps, Kohli was crowned as India's most valuable celebrity based on his brand value of USD 237.7 million. This researched list also showed that Kohli was right behind other world-renowned footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar. Ronaldo had a fan-following of 500 million on his social media stands as the most followed athlete in the world.

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