Ronaldo officially become football's first billionaire

Ronaldo officially become football's first billionaire

Ronaldo officially become football's first billionaire in the history of football.

According to Forbes , Ronaldo made $105 million (£83m) before tax in the last year, taking his total worth over the $1 billion (£789m) mark.

The Portuguese international has been named the fourth-highest earning celebrity in 2020 by forbes magazine

Roger Federer was named number one, Kanye West was named number two and Kylie Jenner was third.

Meanwhile, Longtime rival Lionel Messi, who Forbes said earned $104m (£82m) in the last year, was fifth while Neymar took seventh place with $95.5m (£75m).

After the golf legend Tiger Woods and former boxer Floyd Mayweather, Ronaldo is just the third athlete ever to accumulate such wealth and the first to do so in a team sport.


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The 34 years old is said to have made $650m (£513m) in wages over his 17 years as a professional footballer, with the rest made from endorsements.

Ronaldo has been known to be a lucrative footballer. He has deal with Nike since 2016 and is attached to several other big-name brands.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also building a business empire, with his fashion and lifestyle brand, hotel chain and the CR7 museum in his hometown of Funchal in Madeira.

Moreover, 2020 earnings globally have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as his salary has dropped after the Juventus squad agreed to take a 30 percent pay cut.

Although Messi’s salary this year was drastically reduced by 70% due to corona virus salary cut, Forbes predicts the Argentine sensation will join Cristiano Ronaldo in the billionaire’s list next year.


Football has been on break since March, Serie A will return later this month, with Juventus facing an away trip to Bologna on their first game back on June 22. They will then host Lecce four days later.

The defending champiom are a point ahead of Lazio in Serie A with 12 games left to play.

Maurizio Sarri’s team are chasing down a ninth consecutive title, while Ronaldo is trailing Lazio star Ciro Immobile in the goal charts.

The 34 years old has scored 21 goals in 22 games.

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