This Is How Much The World’s Richest Athletes Are Earning Per Instagram Post In 2019

30 July 2019
Instagram, Football, Highest Pay, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo
Taking out the top spot is Cristiano Ronaldo, who makes a staggering $1.4 million per Instagram post. Yeah, we’re not jealous at all

It’s 2019 and if there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that the money is in the post.

As Instagram continues to grow, dwarfing the likes of Facebook and Snapchat, the social currency that saw ‘likes’ come to be conflated with self-worth and personal growth now holds a lucrative value, too.

Influencers caught onto the trend years ago, but while bikinis and makeup tutorials will only get you so far, the reality that our top athletes find themselves in – one of super yachts, island hopping, and excess – continues to fascinate.

Not surprisingly, a mere insight into their lives sees them profit rather generously.

Recent findings from Hopper HQ have revealed the athletes making the most coin from their Instagram posts. Statistics released by Facebook found that 83 per cent of Instagram users discovered new products and services on Instagram, making the platform rife for sponsored posts and discrete advertising.

So, while you’re mindlessly scrolling on the commute home, aimlessly double-clicking on a post or two, your favourite athletes are amassing quite the sum.

Do they need the extra cash? Probably not. But in a world where protein shakes need plugging and athletic gear dominates street style, it goes without saying that our eyes will always be fixed to the icons of sport.

With that in mind, here are the athletes earning top coin for their Instagram posts for 2019.

Cristiano Ronaldo

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Instagram: @cristiano
Followers: 176 million
Cost per post: $975,000

Neyman Jr.

2. Neyman Jr.
Instagram: @neymarjr
Followers: 123 million
Cost per post: $722,000 

Lionel Messi

3. Lionel Messi
Instagram: @leomessi
Followers: 126.5 million
Cost per post: $648,000 

David Beckham

4. David Beckham
Instagram: @davidbeckham
Followers: 57.5 million
Cost per post: $357,000 

LeBron James

5. LeBron James
Instagram: @kingjames
Followers: 50.7 million
Cost per post: $272,000 


6. Ronaldinho
Instagram: @ronaldinho
Followers: 47 million
Cost per post: $256,000 

Gareth Bale

7. Gareth Bale
Instagram: @garethbale11
Followers: 40.5 million
Cost per post: $218,000 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Instagram: @iamzlatanibrahimovic
Followers: 36.8 million
Cost per post: $200,000 

Virat Kohli

9. Virat Kohli
Instagram: @virat.kohli
Followers: 36 million
Cost per post: $196,000 

Luis Suarez

10. Luis Suarez
Instagram: @luissuarez9
Followers: 33.8 million
Cost per post: $184,000

Via GQ Australia