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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes football’s first billionaire

By Miguel Prazeres

June 5, 2020

With plenty of sports records set throughout his career, Cristiano Ronaldo sets now the record for football's first billionaire. According to Forbes, the Portuguese superstar is football's biggest earner and the first to cross the billionaire line.

Cristiano Ronaldo exit in his car after resume training after a quarantine on May 19, 2020, at Juventus training ground in Turin. Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images

With earnings of $105 million before taxes this year, Ronaldo is the 4th highest-paid celebrity in 2020. The list is headed by Roger Federer ($106.3 million), Kanye West ($170 million) and Kylie Jenner ($590 million).

An exclusive list that includes Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather

Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo is only the third athlete to reach the billionaire mark while still playing but in a particular way. Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather are the other sports athletes to reach this exclusive club but, unlike Cristiano, both perform an individual sport, which makes Ronaldo's feat even more special.

Breaking down Ronaldo's earnings throughout his career

At age 35, Cristiano Ronaldo is still performing at a stellar level, totaling 725 career goals in both domestic and international competitions. Completing his 17th year in professional football, Ronaldo earned $650 million in salaries during his career. A number that is expected to reach $765 million in June 2022, by the time his current contract with Juventus ends.

Cristiano Ronaldo poses for a photo during a training session at JTC on May 19, 2020, in Turin, Italy. Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Being the most popular player on social media, with over 200 million followers on Instagram, it's no surprise to see Ronaldo's endorsement earnings. Last year, he earned $45 million, including partnerships with Nike, Herbalife, Clear, and Abbott. With Nike alone, Ronaldo has a lifetime deal since 2016, which makes him earn $20 million a year.

Amazingly, Ronaldo isn't the world's highest-paid athlete. That title belongs to Roger Federer, by a tight margin.

Regarding his long time rival Lionel Messi, the Argentinian is 3rd in the sports list and is expected to enter in the billionaires restrict club next year.

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