Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best footballer of all time. He’s not only a popular figure on the turf, but he’s also an iconic figure off the field as his presence on social media and on other advertising products makes him an all-round icon.
Currently, because of coronavirus, he’s agreed to have his salary at Juventus slashed by £3.45million, which, in line with the rest of his Juve team-mates, will help the Serie A giants save up to £100m from March until May.
But that won’t stop him from becoming the first footballer to attain billionaire status. According to Forbes, Ronaldo earned a staggering £89m last year but his Juventus wages accommodate for marginally over half of that income at about £53m, once bonuses are all counted.
Forbes adds that Ronaldo earns around £36m a year from his endorsements, including his sponsorship agreement with Nike, his underwear brand and an array of other advertising projects such as footwear and cologne. He has also appeared on the front cover of the FIFA 19 video game.
And with his earnings from those ventures all still set to roll in this year, it means the Portuguese star is in line to become footballs first billion-dollar man – and shows just how marginal his £3.45m pay cut will turn out to be for him.
Ronaldo, Forbes say, would become only the third active sportsman to crack $1bn after Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods – both of whom have had much longer careers in boxing and golf than Ronaldo, 35, will ever have playing football.
Additional text from Daily Mail was added to this report.