PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) have lost almost 1.5 million Instagram followers since Lionel Messi (35) announced his departure from the club this summer.
PSG confirmed the departure of the former Barcelona attacker before of Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to Clermont Foot. Regardless of the outcome, Les Parisiens have won Ligue 1 for the second time in a row. Messi was booed both during the game and during the victory celebrations. His future destination is unknown.
While the sporting impact of the Argentinian world champion’s departure is uncertain, the club’s social media outlets are already feeling the effects. The club has already lost over 1.5 million Instagram followers. PSG had 70.4 million followers on Saturday night, around the time of the announcement; currently they have 68.9 million. The club has also lost tens of thousands of followers on Twitter, though the impact of Messi’s leaving hasn’t been as severe as it has been on Instagram.