Ronaldo becomes the first-ever footballer to reach billionaire status
Published : Saturday, 6 June, 2020 at 4:03 PM Count : 278
Another day, another record broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar has now become the first football player in history to earn more than $1 billion during his playing career, according to Forbes.
The Juventus forward has made $650 million through football alone with the rest coming from an array of endorsement deals off the pitch.
He becomes only the third athlete to break the billion dollar milestone whilst still playing, joining Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather in that illustrious club.
Ronaldo made a pre-tax total of $105 million this year, making him the second-highest-paid athlete over the last 12 months -- behind only Roger Federer.
His fierce rival Lionel Messi has amassed $605 million through football contracts since starting his senior career but has remained at Barcelona throughout his career.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has been involved in lucrative moves to some of the biggest clubs on the planet, including Manchester United, Real Madrid and current team Juventus.
He has won five Ballon d'Or awards during his career which has been littered with success. The 35-year-old won the domestic title three times in England, twice in Spain and once so far in Italy. He can also boast five Champions League winners medals and he inspired his country to victory at Euro 2016.
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