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Top 20 best-paid athletes on social media in 2021

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The 20 best-paid athletes on social media in 2021 have been revealed in an eye-catching ‘Rich list’.

The best-paid athlete in 2021 on social media is Cristiano Ronaldo, who bags almost $1.25 million for every single one of his Instagram posts.

The Juventus star makes over $374,662 more than his nearest rival on the list in Lionel Messi. Considering Ronaldo has over 77 million Instagram followers than the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, it’s not all that surprising.

In fact, Ronaldo is the most followed Instagram user and even recently became the first person to hit over 500 million followers on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

More interesting is the fact that 18 of the 20 highest earners on social media are all footballers. According to Bonus Finder, only two basketball players in NBA stars LeBron James and Steph Curry made the cut.

Top 20 best-paid sportspeople in 2021 on social media

PosAthleteSportPay-per-post
1Cristiano RonaldoFootball$1,247,157.70
2Lionel MessiFootball$873,495.67
3NeymarFootball$703,649.29
4LeBron JamesBasketball$379,485.34
5David BeckhamFootball$316,399.54
6James RodriguezFootball$226,138.32
7Kylian MbappeFootball$225,167.77
8Zlatan IbrahimovicFootball$225,167.77
9MarceloFootball$224,197.23
10Gareth BaleFootball$212,065.34
11Sergio RamosFootball$208,183.13
12Paul PogbaFootball$208,183.13
13Paulo DybalaFootball$198,477.63
14Luis SuarezFootball$191,198.50
15Karim BenzemaFootball$180,037.17
16Andres IniestaFootball$173,728.58
17Steph CurryBasketball$157,714.50
18Antoine GriezmannFootball$154,802.85
19Dani AlvesFootball$153,832.30
20Zinedine ZidaneFootball$134,906.56
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