Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Footballer To Become A Billionaire
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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first footballer to become a billionaire. CRISTIANO RONALDO has becomes football’s first-ever billionaire ahead of Lionel Messi – with his Barcelona rival to follow suit next year.
The Juventus star, 35, has become only the THIRD sports star to reach the milestone, joining Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather Jr, according to Forbes.
Ronaldo raked in £85million in the last year from his wages and endorsement deals, pushing him into the billions for career earnings.
His annual earnings were actually down nine per cent, after he took a £3.5m cut on his wages due to coronavirus.
But it was still enough for Ronaldo to reach the $1bn mark before friendly rival Messi.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Ronaldo has pocketed over £500m during his career from wages alone.
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That figure is set to exceed £600m by the time his current contract at Juventus is up at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Ronaldo has also raked in around £36m-a-year in endorsements during his career, including partnerships with Nike, with whom he has a lifetime contract.
The forward also has his own company, CR7, as well as being the most-followed sports star in the world on Facebook and Instagram.
Ronaldo rakes in roughly £1m per post on Instagram – more than any other person on the planet.
In fact, the forward makes £14m more per year from social media than he does from his Juventus pay-packet.
Amazingly, Messi – three years Ronaldo’s junior – is expected to reach the $1bn mark next year
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, in the world’s most popular sport, in an era when football has never been so rich,” Sporting Intelligence’s Nick Harris told the magazine. “He’s box office.”
His rival, Lionel Messi has earned a total of $605 million in salary since his professional debut 2005, and is expected to reach the $1bn mark next year.