Cristiano Ronaldo beats Neymar, Messi to top Instagram sports rich list; makes £784,000 per post

Share this

Imagine making over £700,000 every time you post on Instagram.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is in a world on his own when it comes to Instagram stars making the big bucks these days.

Ronaldo pockets an amount of £784,000 anytime he makes a post on the social media site.

The player has made 2,606 posts as at July 23, 2019 to his page, which is one of the most popular with about 176 million followers

And it’s not just the odd “thank you” post after games for the Juventus forward as we usually see with other sports stars.

Ronaldo spices up his account with pictures from photo shoots, shots of him working out, of him on vacation and particularly with his family.

His charity work is also one part of his life on full display on the page.

The popularity of his account is prime advertising ground for brands who will now have to fork out close to £800,000 for every promotional post.

This amount has risen by about £200,000 since last year due to the steady growth of the page and the staying power of Cristiano himself.

Despite leaving then-European Champions Real Madrid, the player had a successful campaign with Italian giants Juventus, winning the Serie A title and being named the best player of the division.

Footballers dominate the list, making up eight of the top 10 spots.

Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi trail him by over £200,000, earning £580,000 and £521,000 respectively per post.

The top five is rounded out by David Beckham – who despite not actively playing football is still a big draw on Instagram – and Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James who earn £287, 000 and £219,00 respectively per promotional post.

The report was compiled by, an Instagram scheduling tool which looked at factors such as average engagement, how often they post and the number of followers.


Player                                  Sport                 Followers                  Money per post
Cristiano Ronaldo              Football                  176m                             £784,000

Neymar                              Football                  123m                             £580,000

Lionel Messi                       Football                  126m                             £521,000

David Beckham                  Football                  57m                               £287,000

LeBron James                     Basketball               50m                               £219,000

Ronaldinho                         Football                  47m                               £206,000

Gareth Bale                         Football                  40m                               £175,000

Zlatan Ibrahimovic              Football                  37m                               £161,000

Virat Kohli                           Cricket                   36m                                £158,000

Luis Suarez                          Football                 34m                               £148,000




Share this

Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

Leave a Reply


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.