According to Forbes, the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer with a billion in his account. He is only the third athlete to call himself a billionaire. Only ex-golfer Tiger Woods and ex-boxer Floyd Mayweather preceded him.
Ronaldo did not earn all that money, of course, only with the high salaries he received at various top clubs. The various sponsorship deals, the growth of his CR7 brand and the way he handles his social media make Juventus’ current striker at 35 the richest footballer in the world.
In the list with Kylie Jenner
Reported in April this year Mirror Football that Ronaldo was on his way to become a billionaire. Two months later the time has come. In 2019, Ronaldo made about $ 105 million (or nearly $ 93 million). This makes him the fourth best-earning celebrity in the world. At the top of the list is Kylie Jenner, who managed to bring in about $ 590 million (or about 522 million euros) this year.
To give you an idea of how the Portuguese became a billionaire, we give you some dizzying numbers.
- Only at his current club Juventus does Ronaldo earn such 57 million euros per year. Since the start of his professional career in 2005, he only made a messy salary 575 million euros.
- In 2019, Ronaldo almost earned 42 million euros in commercial enterprises.
- Nike pays Ronaldo generously every year 17 million euros by sponsorship.
- Only from paid Instagram posts did Ronaldo almost earn in his first season with Juventus 35 million euros.
Absolute world top
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers in the world and of his generation. He has already won the Golden Ball five times, the prize for best European footballer of the year (who also plays in a European league).
Cristiano Ronaldo is known for breaking football records. With his transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018, for 112 million euros, Ronaldo also became the most expensive thirty-something in football in one fell swoop. And now at the age of 35 he is also the richest footballer ever.