Leo Messi gets 7 million fans in 7 hours.

Leo MessiSeven hours after Argentine soccer player Leo Messi started his Facebook Page last week, he had almost 7 million “Likes.”

To put that into perspective, it’s 40% as many Likes as on U.S. President Barack Obama’s Facebook Page (19 million), and about 30% as many as on Justin Bieber’s Facebook page (25 million) — but Messi’s Likes were gathered in hours, not years.

Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and is considered by many to be the best soccer player in the world, wrote in a translated welcome message on his page, “Hola! Welcome to everyone. Thank you very much for the great number of messages that I have received. I am so excited! From now on we will be more closely connected … through Facebook.”

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