Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been fighting for a decade for the status of the best football player in the world. And if the Argentinian is one unit ahead of the Portuguese in the number of Golden Balls (6 against 5), the star striker of Juventus is out of competition in terms of money earned for his career – Cristiano is become the first billionaire player in football history, reports Forbes.
However, the 35-year-old Portuguese has only become the third athlete to earn $ 1 billion in his career. Ronaldo was beaten by golfer Tiger Woods (in 2009) and boxer Floyd Mayweather (2017).
For his 17-year athletic career, Cristiano earned $ 650 million in salary for a professional soccer player. The rest of the income comes from various sponsorship contracts.
In the past year, Ronaldo earned $ 105 million (before taxes) and took fourth place in the Forbes 100 Best Paid 100 Stars of 2020.
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