Manchester United’s forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most wealthy players in the world.

When Cristiano re-signed for Manchester United this summer, you only had to look at the massive social media engagements and jersey sales to see how big of a deal it was.

And whether you’re one of the people who downplay footballers’ activity away from the pitch or not, there’s no denying that Ronaldo’s presence on social media has played a massive role in building his image.

Ronaldo has a huge presence on both his Twitter and Facebook pages, but it is Instagram where his worldwide renown really becomes massive.

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With an world record 355 million followers on the Instagram, Ronaldo is the most-followed human being across the platform with only Instagram’s own page having more followers than him.

Cristiano tops everyone from Drake, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and so on, while – for those of you who are wondering – Lionel Messi sits on 272 million followers.

Now, the question is, what is the value of having such a massive following? The answer is simply money and more money because it means that Ronaldo’s reach with sponsorship deals and adverts is far ahead of many advertising firms.

And the mind-boggling fees that Ronaldo could potentially command on Instagram have been estimated by Myprotein, who ran a study to work out the ‘Premier League Instagram Rich List’.

Myprotein looked at the Instagram accounts of every single Premier League player at the time of writing and calculated how much money they could all command for a single sponsored post.

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Interesting right? Now let’s dive into how much money is made from having massive Instagram following:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Following his much anticipated return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo tops the Premier League 2021/22 Instagram Rich List. With over 350 million followers, Ronaldo could earn a whopping £1,505,000 for a single post – that’s almost four times his reported weekly salary of £385,000.

Sharing one sponsored post per month would earn him an annual salary of £18,060,000, while posting weekly would earn him an eye-watering £78,260,000!

Not only is Ronaldo the most followed footballer on Instagram, he’s the most followed person in the world on the app, with only the official Instagram account having more followers than him.

2. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Second place goes to Paul Pogba. With his 49million Instagram followers, Pogba has a potential earning power of £208,120 per post.

Pogba could earn £2,497,440 sharing one sponsored post per month, climbing to £10,822,240 for weekly posts.

3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) –

Mohamed Salah comes in third place, with the Liverpool forward’s 44.3 million followers giving him a potential earning power of £189,200 per post.

If Salah shared one sponsored post a month, he could earn £2,270,400 a year, while posting weekly would see this figure rise to £9,838,400.

4. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Fourth place goes to Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, the first defender to feature in our rich list. Silva has 18 million followers on his Instagram account, meaning a single post could earn him £77,400.

Posting once a month would see Silva earn £928,800 per year, with this figure climbing to £4,024,800 if he posted once a week.

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5. Raphaël Varane (Manchester United)

Raphaël Varane is the third Manchester United player to feature in the list. With over 17.1 million followers on Instagram, Varane has an earning potential of £73,530 per post.

Varane could earn £882,360 a year if he shared one sponsored post per month, or £3,823,560 if he posted once a week.

Other Premier League players in the Instagram Rich List are :

6. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £66,220 per post

7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £64,070 per post

8. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £55,900 per post.

9. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £51,170 per post

10. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £50,740 per post

Imagine being able to become a millionaire from a single Instagram post and then having a casual £505,000 to play around with afterwards.

With Ronaldo reported to be earning anywhere between £350,000 and £550,000 per week at Old Trafford, the Portuguese could technically be earning more from sponsorship deals on Instagram.

Besides, if Ronaldo were to post a single sponsorship post every month then Myprotein’s findings suggest that he would pocket an insane £18,060,000 each year.

However, it’s the staggering difference between Ronaldo and the other Premier League players that really stands out with the United star earning a bonkers £1,296,880 more per post than Pogba.

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