05 June 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first ever billionaire footballer

Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first billionaire footballer, Forbes have announced.

Over the last 12 months, the 35 year-old has reportedly earned $105 million across his playing career and sponsorship deals.

As well as enjoying a glittering club career, Ronaldo also lifted the European Championships with Portugal in 2016 (PA)

Ronaldo, who is the first person to become a billionaire from a team sport, is the third sports star to do so after golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

He has also achieved the financial landmark before his footballing rival Lionel Messi who he has shared the top podium with as the best in the world for more than a decade.

According to Forbes, Messi will surpass the one billion mark as early as next year thanks to his lucrative contract with Barcelona.

Ronaldo has made $650m as a result of contracts at his various clubs - Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

The rest of Ronaldo’s wealth then comes from sponsorship and endorsement deals that he has with the likes of Electronic Arts, DAZN and Nike.

On the pitch, the iconic footballer has won just about everything there is to win aside from the World Cup.

His trophy cabinet includes, three Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, one Serie A title, five Champions League trophies, four FIFA Club World Cups and the 2016 European Championships.

Individually, he has also picked up five Ballon d’Or wins in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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