He’s the highest paid player in the world - earning £288,000-per-week but it’s been revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo earned almost £1 million for a single photoshoot, lasting just a few hours.
Football Leaks - the now infamous whistleblowing organisation - has released a contract which involves Ronaldo’s image rights company doing a deal with Saudi Arabian telecoms giant Mobily.
The leak shows that the Portuguese star earned an eye-watering £860,000 for signing five Portugal shirts, two social media posts and a photo shoot - which had a maximum time limit of four and a half hours.
Let’s just think about this for a minute. Almost £1 million for signing five football shirts. Getting your PR team to post two posts on your Twitter and Facebook and standing and smiling for a photo shoot. Ludicrous.
It’s been worked out that even if the day lasted the maximum four and a half hours - which seems extremely unlikely - Ronaldo would earn over £3,000 per minute. Three thousands pounds every 60 seconds. Wow.
But let’s feel sorry for Ronaldo for a minute. He wouldn’t receive the £860,000 immediately. He would only receive 60 per cent of the fee - a mere £516,000 - whilst he’d have to wait to get paid the rest in instalments. It's a tough life.
So, what could Ronaldo buy for his couple of hours work?
Well he could afford two Riyad Mahrez’s and still have change.
Mahrez was signed by Leicester for just £400,000 in January 2014 and is one of the favourites to win PFA Player of the Year as the Foxes sit top of the Premier League - although he’s probably worth a lot more than that now.
Mahrez’s teammate Jamie Vardy recently splashed out on a brand new Bentley Continental to celebrate his new £75,000-a-week contract. Well sorry to rain on your parade Vardy, but Ronaldo could afford five of those cars for a few hours work.
Ronaldo has now scored 33 goals in 31 matches in all competitions following his strike against Roma on Wednesday night during a 2-0 victory for Los Blancos.
The impressive finish was his 12th goal in just seven Champions League matches this campaign, five goals ahead of his nearest challenger - Robert Lewandowski.
Champions League or nothing
The European competition is Madrid’s only realistic chance of winning a trophy this season following Barcelona's La Liga victory over Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are one point behind rivals Atletico Madrid but trail the Catalan club by a massive seven points with just 14 matches remaining.
They were also kicked-out of the Copa del Rey after former manager Rafa Benitez fielding Denis Cheryshev, who was ineligible.