Gomez, 26, overtook Ariana Grande two years ago in a list which is dominated by stateside entertainment stars.
But Ronaldo, who at the time of writing has over 144 million
followers, has cemented his status as one of the most recognizable
figures on the planet.
The Portugal international marked the news in relatively modest circumstances, with an image of him in the gym.
Reality television personality Kim Kardashian, pop superstar Beyonce,
actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Jenner and singer Taylor Swift
complete the top 10.