New research has found that Cristiano Ronaldo is the footballer with the highest number of fake followers and estimated earnings per sponsored post from fake followers
Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to be earning £388,000 from fake followers on every single sponsored Instagram post, according to a new study.
New research compiled by livefootballtickets.com into which footballers make the most money from fake followers on Instagram found that Ronaldo came out on top.
He beat out the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar as the player with the most fake followers and the highest estimated earnings from fake followers per sponsored post.
The Manchester United forward recently became the first person to surpass 400million followers on the social media platform and currently has a total of 403million followers.
The research used Instagram credibility tool grin.co to find out the number of fake followers each player has, with social media earnings calculator inkifi.com was also used.
Ronaldo came out on top in the standings with 92.46million fake followers, which accounts for 23% of his total following.
He is estimated to earn £388,570 from fake followers per sponsored post, with the estimated total per post standing at £1.69million.
The 37-year-old’s illegitimate earnings per post stand at 35.3% more than Lionel Messi’s, who earns an estimated £287,210 from fake followers per post.