What the World’s Richest Athletes are Earning on Instagram in 2019

You might be jealous of the fact that professional athletes get paid to play a game. You might also be jealous of their paychecks for playing said game. Well, here’s another reason to get jealous of professional athletes. GQ has released a story quantifying how much the world’s richest athletes are earning per Instagram Post—and the numbers are staggering.

Instagram is growing like crazy. It’s outgrowing Facebook and Snapchat, and more and more “influencers” are cashing in, professional athletes included. It’s not too surprising. According to statistics from Facebook, around 83 percent of Instagram users discovered new products and services on Instagram. With that high of a number, sponsors are wanting their people to post about what they have to offer. Here’s a quick look at what some of these athletes are making with each click.

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Shhh ? … calma, não estou mandando ninguém calar a boca ou ficar em silêncio, isso vai da maneira como você interpreta as coisas. Minha interpretação é o seguinte… “Shhh” é pra mim, pro meu foco, pro que eu quero dentro de campo, respirar fundo e seguir tentando sempre. Essa é a forma e o porque eu tenho tatuado esse significado no dedo. Minha nova chuteira tem esse significado especial agora, infelizmente não posso usar ela agora, mas logo menos voltarei a ter ela nos meus pés !!! @nike . 'Shhh ? … calm down'. When I say this, I'm not telling anyone else to be silent – it's all about how you interpret things. My interpretation is that the 'Shhh' is for me, to allow me to focus, to silence the noise and think about what I want to do on the pitch, to take a deep breath and to keep trying. That's why I have it tattooed on my finger. My new boots have this special meaning, too. Unfortunately, I can't use them yet, but soon I'll have them on my feet! @nikefootball

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Cristiano Ronaldo has 176 million followers, which garners him roughly $975,000 every time he posts. Neyman Jr. is a close second with $722,000 from his 123 million followers. Lionel Messi pulls in $648,000 per post, with David Beckham coming in with $357,000 per post. It’s not just soccer players that are scoring big goals. Coming in at number 5 is LeBron James with 50,7 million followers and $272,000 per post. You’ll also find UFC phenom Conor McGregor collecting a cool $125,000 per post. Stephen Curry brings in $110,000 per post.

The numbers came courtesy of a study done by Hopper HQ, whose co-founder, Mike Bandar, had this to say: “Everyone has seen or responded to influencer marketing, whether they know it or not. We thought it would be interesting to explore the inner workings of the marketing channel, celebrate the growth of the industry and inspire those who want to be influencers.” You don’t need to be a professional athlete to get a piece of this pie, especially since the $1 billion influencer market is expected to double in value in 2019. Maybe it’s time to start posting.

Here is the list of how much the World’s Richest Athletes are earning per Instagram post in 2019:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (football), 176 million, $975,000 USD
  2. Neymar Jr (football), 123 million, $722,000 USD
  3. Lionel Messi (football), 126.5 million, $648,000 USD
  4. David Beckham (football), 57.5 million, $357,000 USD
  5. LeBron James (basketball), 50.7 million, $272,000 USD
  6. Ronaldinho (football), 47 million, $256,000 USD
  7. Gareth Bale (football), 40.5 million, $218,000 USD
  8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (football), 36.8 million, $200,000 USD
  9. Virat Kohli (cricket), 36 million, $196,000 USD
  10. Luis Suarez (football), 33.8 million, $184,000 USD
  11. Conor McGregor (MMA), 39 million, $169,000 USD
  12. Mohamed Salah, 30.5 million, $165,000 USD
  13. Stephen Curry (basketball), 26 million, $142,000 USD
  14. Floyd Mayweather (boxing), 22.7 million, $124,000 USD
  15. Ronda Rousey (WWE), 12.5 million, $67,000 USD
  16. Serena Williams (tennis), 11 million, $60,500 USD