The superstars of football earn staggering amount of money from their respective clubs in terms of wages and annual salary which runs into millions of dollars. With the advent of social media however, players at present also earn large sums of money from sponsorships and paid promotions. Here, we take a look at the top-five earning footballers on Instagram.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 232.7 Million Followers - $889,000 Per Post
The most popular athlete not only in football but in the world on social media, Cristiano Ronaldo can be considered as the most recognizable person on the planet. The 35-year-old earns a staggering $889,000 per Instagram post, the highest among athletes.
2. Neymar - 139.9 Million Followers - $704,000 Per Post
Neymar might have not have won the Ballon d'Or award so far, but that has not affected his popularity especially on social media. The Brazilian is known to be divisive figure, though he would not be worried by that looking at the money he earns per post.
3. Lionel Messi - 161 Million Followers - $695,000 Per Post
Hailed by many as the greatest player in the history of the sport, Lionel Messi has become more active on social media in recent times which has no doubt seen him earn more money via promotions. The 33-year-old comes third on this list and it will be interesting to see whether he moves up the money stakes in the near future.
4. David Beckham - 63.8 Million Followers - $339,000 Per Post
That David Beckham comes fourth despite retiring way back in 2013 just goes to show how popular he was during his career and continues to remain so in the eyes of many. Post retirement the former England international has been involved with UNICEF and currently owns Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Inter Miami.
5. Ronaldinho - 51.4 Million Followers - $238,000 Per Post
Arguably the greatest entertainer to emerge in the sport over the past 20 years, Ronaldinho's light might have flickered only for a short period of time but for those four-five years he was unstoppable. The Brazilian recently courted controversy after spending time in prison in Paraguay, but that has not affected his popularity.