Tennis champion Serena Williams is the highest earning female athlete on Instagram during the lockdown period according to a research report by Attain. Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was listed as the highest earning sports athlete on Instagram during the lockdown according to a research report by Attain.
The report is for earnings for the period from March 12 to May 14 this year. The Portugal and Juventus star earned £1,882,336 million with his posts on the social networking site - which amounts to £470,584 for each of his four sponsored posts.
The former Real Madrid superstar has approximately 222 million followers on the social media site, Instagram, which is the most for any football player.
Serena Williams is No. 13 on the overall list
Soccer stars dominated the list with soccer players taking the Top 3 positions on the list.
Lionel Messi is second on the list - as he earned £1,299,373 during the lockdown period for his four sponsored posts while Neymar is third on the list earning £1,192,211 in total. Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal who earned £583,628 for his 16 sponsored posts, comes in at No.
4 on the list, followed by English soccer star David Beckham at No. 5, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli at No. 6, Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic at No. 7, former NBA star Dwanye Wade at No. 8, Brazilian footballer Dani Alves at No.
9 and Boxer Anthony Joshua at No. 10. Serena Williams is the first female athlete on the list - she comes in at No. 13 on the overall list with earnings of £26,475 for the 2 month period. Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court, who has 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her career.
She has been ranked No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017, including holding the top spot for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.
Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Her 39 Grand Slam titles put her joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles.