For the second year in a row, world’s most-followed football star – Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the coveted Instagram sports’ rich list in 2019. The Portuguese football legend has pipped his contemporaries Lionel Messi and Brazillian sensation Neymar to claim the numero uno spot in the list.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in the top 10 sportspersons raking in the big moolah for sharing sponsored posts on his official Instagram account. He is at the ninth spot in the table.
With 176 million followers, the Juventus stalwart Ronaldo earns a whopping £784,000 per Instagram post, as per Hopper HQ. Ronaldo’s nearest competitor is another football superstar – Neymar, who pockets in a cool £580,000.
One of Ronaldo’s biggest competitor – Messi is at the third spot. The Argentine legend takes home £521,000 every time he uploads on Insta.
Interestingly, football stars are the most dominant when it comes to making big money through popular social media handle. Eight of the top 10 athletes are football players – with LeBron James (Basketball) and Kohli (Cricket) being the only sportsperson to make the cut in the list.