Who is Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth?
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional soccer player, product ambassador, and entrepreneur. As of this writing, Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $500 million. Cristiano is one of the highest-paid entertainers on the planet. In a given year he easily earns $100-150 million from salary and endorsements.
As an example, in 2020 he earned $120 million – roughly $70 million from salary and $50 million from endorsements with companies like Nike, Clear Shampoo, and Herbalife.
Known as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano has earned his place among legends such as Pele, Maradona, and George Best. Also known as “CR7,” he is often compared with Messi in a fiery debate over who is the best current player in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on pace to earn more than $1 billion in his career from salary and endorsements, a milestone that no other footballer has passed. When he accomplishes that feat he will join the $1 billion athlete club which currently includes Floyd Mayweather ($1 billion), Michael Schumacher ($1 billion), Jack Nicklaus ($1.15 billion), Arnold Palmer ($1.35 billion), Tiger Woods ($1.65 billion) and Michael Jordan ($2+ billion).
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5th, 1985 on the Portuguese island of Madeira. His mother was a cook, and his father was a gardener and a part-time equipment manager for a local soccer team. Cristiano’s family was not affluent, and he shared a single room with all of his siblings. The name “Ronaldo” was added to Cristiano’s name by his father in honor of Ronald Reagan.
Cristiano displayed notable talent from a young age, and by the age of 12, he had a successful trial with Sporting Lisbon who signed him as a youth player. By age 14, he had quit school in order to focus entirely on soccer. This coincided with Ronaldo’s expulsion after throwing a chair at a teacher.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however, as Cristiano would later discover he had a racing heart – a condition that required surgery. After receiving heart surgery to restabilize his heart rate, Ronaldo returned to training.
At the age of 17, Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon’s first team, scoring twice in a 3-0 win. After Sporting beat Manchester United 3-1 in 2003, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson became determined to sign the young player.
Ronaldo signed for Manchester United at the beginning of the next season, signing a record-breaking fee for a teenager in English football. He made his debut as a substitute in a 4-0 win, scoring a free-kick as his first goal for the Red Devils.
Endorsement Earnings and Salary
Cristiano Ronaldo typically earns more than $60 million per year as a base salary, although this has changed throughout the years and with his different clubs. Off the field, he earns more than $40 million a year from endorsements.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Cristiano earned $108 million: $61 million through salary and $47 million from endorsements. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $110 million from his empire. In the following one-year period, he earned $120 million.
One of his most lucrative brand endorsement deals was with Nike. In November 2016, it was revealed that Cristiano had signed a $1 billion “lifetime” deal with Nike. Specific terms of the deal are not known but it is believed that the deal came with a $100 million signing bonus.
Style Of Play
Cristiano Ronaldo began his career as a winger, using his speed and trickery to beat players in one-on-one situations and deliver crosses into the box. From a young age, he was also known for his shooting ability, particularly when it came to long-range strikes and free kicks.
Cristiano developed his own trademark technique for free kicks which involved striking through the center of the ball in order to create an unpredictable path of flight.
Later in his career, Cristiano played as a central, traditional striker. As his pace diminished with age, Ronaldo reinvented his style of play to be more of a “goal poacher, finishing clinically inside the box.
His ability to score from crosses is especially notable – either by towering headers or spectacular bicycle kicks. In recent years, Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick abilities have suffered.
Awards and Trophies
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most decorated soccer players in history. He has won the Ballon D’Or five times, which is the highest honor an individual soccer player can receive.
He has won the Golden Boot four times, which is a trophy given to the highest scorer across the various leagues. In regards to both of these awards, Ronaldo has won them more than any other European player.