For the third consecutive year, Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned as Instagram’s highest earner. The Portuguese football superstar continues to dominate both on and off the pitch, solidifying his status as one of the most influential athletes in the world.
According to the 2023 Instagram Rich List compiled by Hopper HQ, Ronaldo earns a staggering USD 3.23 million per Instagram post.
This astronomical figure is a testament to his immense popularity and massive following, which is nearing 600 million on the social media platform.
His closest competitor on the list is none other than Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who rakes in almost USD 2.6 million for each Instagram post.
These two football icons not only surpass other sports personalities but also outshine famous celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
What sets Ronaldo and Messi apart is not just their prowess on the field but also their mastery of personal branding.
They have managed to extend their influence beyond the pitch and into the digital sphere, captivating millions of fans with their engaging content and charismatic presence.
Hopper HQ’s co-founder, Mike Bandar, expressed his astonishment at the ever-increasing earnings on the platform.
He acknowledged the enduring power of traditional celebrities and their ability to captivate audiences, even in the age of emerging influencers.
While Ronaldo and Messi continue to dominate the digital landscape, it is worth noting that the highest-earning influencer on Instagram is actually TikTok sensation Khaby Lame.
However, Lame’s earnings pale in comparison to Ronaldo’s, as the football star makes nearly 10 times more revenue per post.
The dominance of established celebrities like Ronaldo and Messi highlights the lasting appeal of personal branding and the influence it holds over people.
Their success serves as a reminder that talent and charisma, both on and off the field, can transcend traditional boundaries and captivate audiences worldwide.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago