Who makes the most money in social media? Find out here as we present the nine best-paid football players for every Instagram post.
Being a football player is one of the most lucrative professions in the world. A week’s salary for an average Premier League star, for example, is normally worth more than what any of us could hope to achieve in a year. In some cases, a lifetime. Therefore, it’s natural to feel a twinge of envy.
But for big-name footballers, the sky is the limit. Sponsors are always queuing up with lucrative deals in tow. And with a carefully organised Instagram profile, players can get paid a lot more money just to promote their services on the social media platform. All it takes is one simple post.
So, using numbers compiled by HopperHQ, we give you the nine highest-paid football players on Instagram for every post in 2019.
9. Mohamed Salah – $165,000
The Egyptian King has been a huge hit among football supporters since joining Liverpool in 2018. His performances at Anfield have been spectacular. But if there is one thing everyone loves about Salah, it’s how humble he remains.
Salah’s popularity has earned him 38.2m followers on his Instagram profile as of May 2020. This helped him pocket around $165,000-per-post in 2019. Out of all the athletes in the world, he was the 12th-highest earner.
8. Luis Suarez – $184,000
Unlike Salah, Suarez isn’t renown for his humble personality. But his exploits on the pitch for Barcelona, Liverpool and Uruguay have made him a big success; both on and off the pitch itself.
The Blaugrana striker has 37.8m followers on his Instagram profile as of May 2020. Therefore, sponsors paid him $184,000 for every post in 2019.
Although we expect Salah will get better pay than Suarez this year after overtaking his number of followers.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $200,000
Next up is the man who has dubbed himself a God more than once in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The big Swede’s lack of shyness or subtlety has made him a fan favourite. It doesn’t matter what people think, he always speaks his mind. Sometimes the comments are controversial, while on other occasions down right outrageous.
Zlatan’s popularity grew even more during his time in the United States, where he spent over a year playing for LA Galaxy. Thus, the player’s Instagram following grew to 42.8m as of May 2020. That earns him approximately $200,000 for each sponsored post.
6. Gareth Bale – $218,000
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This one might be a little surprising for most fans. After all, Gareth Bale hasn’t exactly been the most popular man in Spain for a while now. But the numbers don’t lie either.
The Real Madrid winger has 43.1m followers on his Instagram profile as of May 2020. It earned him around $218,000 for every sponsored post last year. So while things aren’t going well on the pitch, Bale is still going strong on the money front.
The six-time Welsh Footballer of the Year is even worth an estimated $125m (€114.7m).
5. Ronaldinho – $256,000
The first YouTube football star of modern era was Ronaldinho. His dazzling footwork was delight to watch, often leaving fans hungry for more. There was never a dull moment once the Brazilian entered the pitch.
Despite leaving Europe in 2011 and officially retiring seven years later, Ronaldinho remains a big hit. The Barcelona legend currently has 51.7m followers on Instagram. Therefore, he reportedly made $256,000-per-post from sponsors in 2019.
4. David Beckham – $357,000
Sitting fourth is former Manchester United and Real Madrid star turned club owner, David Beckham.
The former England captain developed into a renown free-kick taker throughout his career. He became the envy of many footballers for his ability to swing in countless crosses with such precise accuracy. Marrying ‘Posh Spice’ in 1999 helped his popularity grow.
Despite hanging up his boots in 2013, Beckham is still a popular figure in football. He has 62.8m followers on Instagram as of May 2020, earning him an estimated $357,000-per-post.
3. Lionel Messi – $648,000
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Perhaps for the first time in his life, Lionel Messi finishes only third in a football list.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner needs no introduction, having dazzled fans for over a decade with his godly talents. His 150m followers on Instagram far surpasses that of Beckham. Therefore, he banked around $648,000 for every sponsored post.
Incredibly, there were other football players who earned more.
2. Neymar – $722,000
Finishing runner-up on this list is Neymar.
The Paris Saint-Germain star’s tricks and flicks made him a firm fan favourite in Europe. His passing, ball control and shooting abilities are also superb with either foot. All this has helped roll in the millions.
Despite boasting 138m followers on his Instagram compared to Messi’s 150m, Neymar still pocketed more money. Apparently, he banked $722,000 for a single sponsored post.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $975,000
Seriously, who else was it going to be?
Not only is Ronaldo the richest footballer with a net worth of $460m (€408m), but he’s also the most popular. By a long mile at least. A whopping 218m followers on his Instagram account justifies that.
This mass following on the social media platform has helped Ronaldo bank millions through the years. And in 2019, sponsors paid him nearly a million just for ONE post!
Out of every famous person on the planet (celebrities etc), Ronaldo was the third-highest earner on Instagram behind singer Ariana Grande ($996,000) and American media personality Kylie Jenner ($1,266,000).