Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Footballer To Reach Billionaire Status

Cristiano Ronaldo has officially become the first billionaire of Football, said a new report that was released by Forbes.

Ronaldo, who has over 429 million followers on social media, earns around $65 million USD per year.

Not only that, but he is also dubbed as the best striker the football world has seen.

Talking about numbers, Forbes reported that Ronaldo earned around $105 million before taxes and fees.

He is also listed as number 4 on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100.

He was listed 1 spot above Lionel Messi, a fellow footballer who many believe is better than Ronaldo when it comes to playing football.

According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo is the third athlete in the world to hit the mark while still playing the game.

Tiger Woods hit the mark while playing in 2009 after signing a massive endorsement deal with Nike. Floyd Mayweather did the same in 2017 thanks to a huge cut of pay-per-view sales from his boxing matches.

Talking about his huge accomplishment, Forbes said:

Ronaldo, the first to reach the earnings milestone in a team sport, has made $650 million on the pitch during his 17 years as a pro and is expected to reach $765 million in career salary with his current contract, which ends in June 2022. Messi, who began playing at the senior level three years after Ronaldo, has earned a total of $605 million in salary since 2005.

Sporting Intelligence’s Nick Harris, whose Global Sports Salaries Survey ranks teams worldwide based on total salary expense, said:

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. He’s box office.

Here is the official list of the highest-paid male athletes in the world today:

Roger Federer (Tennis) – $106.3m
Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) – $105m
Lionel Messi (Football) – $104m
Neymar (Football) – $95.5m
LeBron James (Basketball) – $88.2m
Stephen Curry (Basketball) – $74.4m
Kevin Durant (Basketball) – $63.9m
Tiger Woods (Golf) – $62.3m
Kirk Cousins (American football) – $60.5m
Carson Wentz (American football) – $59.1m
Tyson Fury (Boxing) – $57m
Russell Westbrook (Basketball) – $57m
Lewis Hamilton (Racing driver) – $54m
Rory McIlroy (Golf) – $52m
Jared Goff (American football) – $49m
Conor McGregor (MMA) – $48m
James Harden (Basketball) – $47.8m
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball) – $47.6m
Anthony Joshua (Boxing) – $47m
Deontay Wilder (Boxing) – $46.5m

The earning of Ronaldo in 2020 includes a salary $60 million, which is less than last year because of a 30 percent pay cut that he agreed to take this April as a result of the pandemic.

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