Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most liked Instagram post ever with World Cup picture

LIONEL MESSI has got one over Cristiano Ronaldo again.

That’s because his World Cup Instagram picture has become the most-liked post by a sportsperson in history – overtaking Ronnie’s famous snap of the duo playing chess together.

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Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo’s image of them playing chess togetherInstagram @cristiano

Messi, 35, made it a World Cup to remember as he led Argentina to victory in the final against France.

The Paris Saint-Germain star scored twice as the game went to penalties thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe.

But it was Messi’s men who emerged victorious to win their first World Cup since 1986.

The result saw Messi nail down his place in the history books as arguably the greatest footballer ever.

And he now returns to PSG to chase even more silverware, with the oil-rich French side desperate to hand him a new contract.

Messi’s fortunes are in stark contrast to Ronaldo’s, who finds himself without a club after having his Manchester United contract terminated.

Ronnie, 37, dreamed of finding a new Champions League club by leading Portugal to glory in Qatar.

But after being dropped for their final two matches, Ronaldo burst into tears as his country were given their marching orders in the quarters by Morocco.

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And Ronaldo now has another reason to weep after Messi smashed his record on Instagram.

Last month he posted a picture showing him and Messi playing a game of chess for a Louis Vuitton photoshoot.

The snap became the most-liked pic by a sportsperson with an incredible 41.9million clicks from fans.

But it has now fallen behind Messi’s latest collection of photos showing him posing with the World Cup country.

As of Monday afternoon, it sat on a staggering 43.4m likes, just 17 hours after it was published.

And Messi’s post could soon become the most-liked upload in Instagram history, currently held by a picture of an EGG boasting 56.1m likes.

In his now-historic social media post, Messi wrote: “CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!. So many times I dreamed it, so much I wanted it that I still don’t fall, I can’t believe it…

“Thank you so much to my family, to all who support me and also to all who believed in us.

“We prove once again that Argentinians when we fight together and united we are able to achieve what we aim.

“The merit is of this group, which is above individuals, is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the one of all Argentinians… 

“We did it!!! LET’S GO ARGENTINA DAMN!!!!!We’re seeing each other very soon.”

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