Cristiano Ronaldo: The richest footballer in the world
He may be the best player on earth, or let’s say second to Lionel Messi. But what is sure is that according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world. His fortune is estimated to be better than both Neymar and Messi. Besides that, his income is still going strong. At 32, Ronaldo is still on a £30million salary a year.
The step to Manchester United
Since he was a teenager, Ronaldo played professionally. Therefore, he was already commanding a high salary. In 2003, he made the step to Manchester United and signed a £15 million contract with the Red Devils. His career as a football player flourished and in 2007 he signed a five-year extension worth £23million. This contract he signed with United made him the highest paid player in the team’s history.
The step to Real Madrid
In 2009, it was the time for Ronaldo to move to Real Madrid. This meant another lucrative contract was around the corner after breaking the record as the most expensive player. His first contract in Spain was at £19million per year according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. Since then, his salary increased year after year as he strengthened his reputation as one of the world’s best.
Off the pitch income
The 32-year-old’s fortune sensationally hiked up thanks to various notable deals he made in his career. His most profitable of all was the one with Nike. In 2016, several reports stated that Ronaldo signed a $1billion lifetime contract with the American sportswear brand. Additionally, he received £77million as a signing bonus.
Other endorsement include deals with Tag Heur, Sacoor Brothers and Monster headphones. The football superstar also featured in advertisements for Armani, Castrol, Coca-Cola, KFC, Emirates, Konami and now EA Sports. And what about his CR7 brand? Cristiano Ronaldo has his OWN clothing brand! So that’s more revenue coming in.
Overall, CelebrityNetWorth.com said that Cristiano Ronaldo‘s net worth is £308million.