Having broken many records in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has now achieved a special milestone after becoming football’s first official billionaire, and is the first-ever athlete to do so in a team sport.
The Juventus superstar overtook longstanding rival Lionel Messi to regain the crown as football’s highest-paid player, Forbes announced last week.
The business magazine has now also confirmed that Ronaldo’s earnings of $105 million took his total career income to more than $1 billion.
Forbes pointed out that the 35-year-old has received $650 million in salary during his 17-year career so far, and is expected to reach $765 million when his current contract ends in June 2022.
The other $350 million to take his total income to more than $1 billion comes from sponsorship and endorsement deals.
No other footballer has come close to Ronaldo’s earnings, not even David Beckham, who ended his career with an estimated income of $500 million, half of which came from endorsement deals.
Ronaldo’s $105 million income in 2020 is based on basic salary and win bonuses worth $60 million, plus another $45 million from sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike and Herbalife, as well his own “CR7” brand.