Forbes Names Cristiano Ronaldo First Billionaire Footballer

Forbes Names Cristiano Ronaldo First Billionaire Footballer


By Peretine Ikenebomeh

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named by Forbes as the first footballer to earn over $1 billion, Forbes announced through its Twitter handle.

According to Forbes, the Portuguese star earned $105 million in the past year (2019), making him number 4 on the 2020 Forbes list.

Ronaldo, 35, is the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit the $1 billion earnings mark while still actively competing, according to Forbes.

Ronaldo raked in £85million last year from his wages and endorsement deals, pushing him into becoming a billionaire.

Ronaldo, 35, is ranked at No. 4 in the business magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid figures in 2020, behind only Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Roger Federer. Analysis suggesting he brought in $105 million before tax over the past year.

The list judges Messi to have made $104 million this year. The figures mark the latest, off-the-pitch chapter in a rivalry that has defined football over the past decade.

Both Ronaldo and Messi have won Ballon d’Or trophies five and six times respectively.


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