Cristiano Ronaldo makes more money on Instagram than playing soccer for Juventus

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Football superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly makes more money from being an Instagram influencer than playing soccer for Juventus.

Ronaldo who currently plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team, signed a four-year contract with the Italian club on July 10, 2018.

According to a Hopper HQ study published on Buzz Bingo, the Portuguese footballer has taken home $47.8 million from paid Instagram posts alone over the past year.

Ronaldo’s annual wage at Juventus is $34 million according to, which is $14.7 million less than what he earns for his posts on Instagram.

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With a reported average earning of $975,000 per advertised post, Ronaldo is considered Instagram’s highest earner according to Hopper HQ study. Ronaldo’s Instagram earnings far eclipse the world’s biggest celebrities, including Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Emily Ratajkowski.

The 34-year-old also makes much more than football rival Lionel Messi, who is said to have earned less than half of Ronaldo’s total with $23.3 million.

Brands represented by Ronaldo on Instagram include Clear Haircare, Nike Football, and Six Pad Europe, according to Business Insider.

“Ronaldo is the most followed human on Instagram (with 187 million followers) so companies are paying almost $1 million for posts to access his insane reach,” Hopper HQ marketing executive Nicola Cronin told Business Insider.

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“Due to his status as a celebrity and football star, his earnings from Instagram break away from typical influencer partnerships, as many of his promotional posts will be part of wider sponsorship deals, such as Nike.

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“You only need to go on his Instagram to see how many paid partnerships he does outside of the sports market.”