Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer to win more than $ 1 billion (€ 885m), according to Forbes magazine.
The Juventus player ranked fourth on the publication’s Celebrity 100 2020 list after earning $ 105 million (€ 92.9m) before taxes and fees in the past year. He beat archrival Lionel Messi for a spot with the Argentine net of $ 104 million (€ 92.1m).
Ronaldo, 35, is not the first athlete to cross the $ 1 billion threshold while still active (golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather beat him), but he is the first to reach it in a team sport.
His prowess on the field during his 17-year professional career thus far has earned him $ 650 million (€ 575.8 million) which will have grown to $ 765 million (€ 677.7 million) by the time his current contract with the Italian team expires in 2022. .
The rest of his income came from “leveraging his celebrity,” Forbes said.
He has had a lifetime contract with Nike since 2016 that has so far paid him $ 20 million (€ 17.7 million) a year, and he also has agreements with Clear Shampoo, Herbalife and pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott.
It also has its own trademark, CR7, which includes branded underwear, a line of shoes, fragrances, and denim. It is estimated to represent a quarter of your annual supporting income.
The father of four is also the most followed athlete on social media with more than 200 million followers on Instagram.
Its popularity is also profitable for clubs. Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth more than $ 60 million (€ 53.1 million) within 24 hours of its launch.
Ronaldo has played for some of the world’s best-known clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus.
Its trophy cabinet includes three Premier League titles, two Spanish titles and an Italian championship trophy, as well as five UEFA champion leagues. It also helped Portugal win the Euro 2016 championship.
He has also reached five Ballon D’Or and is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League.