At this time last year, Lionel Messi did not have a Facebook page. He started one in April, and after seven hours he had 7 million Likes. As of this writing he has 32,796,799.
Athletes and musicians have some of the largest social media following, whether it be on Facebook or Twitter or any other social site. This makes them huge targets for advertisers who want to take advantage of the reach that Messi, or Cristiano Ronaldo (41 million+ Likes) or Eminem (54 million Likes) has.
By the way, the pictures above come from a great app called Stats Zone that you can find at fourfourtwo.com. It basically provides infographics for every game played, and are a very good tool for analyzing the game.
Messi scored 5 goals as Barcelona demolished Bayer Leverkusen 7-1. The 5 goals is a Champions League record for goals in a game.
||BONUS|| Footballers are big into Twitter, and many of them shared their thoughts on Messi’s performance last night. Check out this link to see what the pros had to say about it.