After breaking many records in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a new course after becoming the first billionaire footballer in sport history, according to Forbes.
At 35, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to shine on and off the field. The Juventus striker from Turin now defeats his big rival, Lionel Messi, becoming the world’s first billionaire footballer. The Portuguese international has made $ 105 million in the past year.
Ronaldo finished in 4th place in the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100 (the highest paid celebrities in 2020), followed by Barcelona captain Messi (5).
Overall, Ronaldo is the third billionaire athlete, Tiger Woods being the first (after having done so in 2009) and Floyd Mayweather the second (in 2017).
Nevertheless, CR7 is indeed the first athlete to do so in team sport. So far, in his glorious 17-year career, Ronaldo has accumulated a total of $ 650 million and is now expected to reach $ 765 million in career salary when his current contract ends in June 2022. The rest (about 350 million dollars) comes from sponsorship.
In comparison, Messi has earned a total of $ 605 million in salary since his professional debut in 2005, a year after Ronaldo started his career as a professional footballer. He is also poised to become a billionaire by the time his current contract with Barça ends.
When it comes to team sports, there are hardly any players who can get close to Messi and Ronaldo. Alex Rodriguez of Major League Baseball, who played for the New York Yankees, is far behind with a salary of $ 450 million.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has so far earned a total salary of $ 500 million.