There is still debate about who is the best footballer ever to kick a ball, but in terms of wealth, there is now only one GOAT.
Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has become the world’s first billionaire footballer, according to Forbes magazine.
In the last year, CR7 earned $105 (second only to Roger Federer, in sport) and pushed his career earnings to over $1bn.
Ronaldo is now only the third sportsman to achieve that level of wealth while still actively competing.
He joins Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather on that very exclusive list.
According to Forbes, $650m of Ronaldo’s fortune has come from career earnings (including incredibly successful stints at Manchester United and Real Madrid). Add to that sponsorship deals with Tag Heuer, Herbalife and KFC and a lifetime contract with Nike, plus several clothing and underwear lines and it’s not hard to see how he’s hit the 1bn mark.
However, his current net worth is actually closer to $500m. The billionaire tag only applies if you add up all his career earnings. And for that to count, Ronaldo would have had to save everything, rather than, say, splash out on limited edition Bugattis.
Still, the Portuguese star has come a long way since not being able to afford food when he was younger. Over the course of the corornavirus lockdown (from March to May), he reportedly earned $2.2 from just 4 sponsored posts on his Instagram feed. That’s the sort of fee you can command when you have over 22million followers.
The 5 time ballon D’or winner has also won 5 champions leagues, 6 league titles and a European championship among 29 major trophies in his career.
Now he can add billion-dollar career earnings to his list of accolades. Messi, you're up.