Ronaldo Vs Messi – Who earns more money on Instagram?

Ronaldo Vs Messi - Who earns more money on Instagram
March 22, 2015 - Barcelona, Spain - BARCELONA: Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, at the Camp Nou Photo: Joan Valls/Urbanandsport/Cordon Press

Instagram has emerged as the latest battleground in the never-ending Ronaldo Vs Messi rivalry, and it is the Juventus forward who finally has the edge over the Barcelona forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo earned £38.2m from his Instagram posts last year to become the highest-paid celebrity on the social networking platform.

His earnings on everyone’s favorite picture sharing network dwarfed those of Lionel Messi, as the Barcelona ace was able to only rake in £18.7m from his posts.

The two legendary footballers were joined in the top five earners by celebrity Kendal Jenner, former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham and PSG superstar Neymar.

The Portuguese earning’s on Instagram are so staggering that Ronaldo earns more on his own from his sponsored posts (£38.1m) than the next two names on the list combined (£36.9m).

How much Ronaldo and Messi earn per sponsored post?

Cristiano Ronaldo
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates their Champions League victory at Cibeles Square a day after winning their 13th European Cup and UEFA Champions League Final on May 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

In a study by Buzz Bingo, the annual income of the celebrities was calculated by dividing the number of posts by the celebrity with their subsequent earnings on Instagram.

It is revealed that over the last 12 months on Instagram, Ronaldo made 34 sponsored posts and got paid £780,000 for each.

Messi, meanwhile, made two more posts than Ronaldo but ended up earning half the amount. The 31-year-old made 36 sponsored Instagram posts but earned £780,000 for each.

The Argentine’s former Barcelona teammate Neymar brought home 5.8m from Instagram last year. He earned £578,000 per sponsored post.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another currently playing footballer in the top ten, with the former Manchester United man raking in £160,000 per post and £3.2m on the whole.


KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF kisses hsi girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez as they celebrate his side victory following winning the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Messi beats Ronaldo in overall earnings

Superstar Lionel Messi konnte dem Spiel des FC Barcelona in Granada keine Wende geben...
GRANADA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona reacts during the Liga match between Granada CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on September 21, 2019 in Granada, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

According to an annual ranking published by Forbes magazine, the Argentine raked in more money than Ronaldo in 2019.

After earning $92m from salary and winnings last year – and a further $35m from sponsorships and endorsements, Messi will be able to take home $127m in 2019.

Ronaldo, despite earning more money from endorsements than Messi, took home less money as the Argentine’s salary of $92m was $27m more than what Juventus paid the Portuguese last year.

Aiming to make an entry into the Ronaldo Vs Messi rivalry, at least on financial grounds, is Brazilian ace Neymar. The 26-year-old earned $105m from all sources last year, just $4m short of the total earnings of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Surprisingly, while these three footballers occupy the top spot in Forbes rankings, they are the only players representing the beautiful game in the top 10.

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