Cristiano Ronaldo makes a pretty neat profit from the beautiful game.
Not only has the Portuguese racked up the goals over his 14-year career, but his fair share of hearty wages too. After all, this is a man with almost 500 career strikes to his name and three Ballon d’Ors no less.
However, CR7’s finances appear set for an even bigger boost and one that looks set to shatter numerous records. Forget millions, we’re talking billions.
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According to the Sunday Times, Ronaldo is poised to become the first footballer to earn €100 million, or £86 million, in just one year.
This unrivalled cash flow has rooted from the contracts he has signed with Real Madrid and Nike respectively. Consequently, not only have his wages shot up, but his sponsorship deal has received an equally generous boost.
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Last week saw the 31-year-old extend his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for a further five years. The deal saw Ronaldo become Los Blancos’ highest paid player, usurping the record set by Gareth Bale just a week before hand.
Sources close to the Times believe the basic salary entailed sees the Portuguese amass an eye-watering £41.4 million annually. Throw in Nike and you have a nine-figure sum on your hands.
In addition, such an economically lucrative combination will see Ronaldo become football’s first ever billionaire. It’s incredible stuff.
It’s the latest reminder yet that the money involved in football is getting more and more out of hand. What Ronaldo himself labeled as a ‘penultimate contract’ contains wages that trump most national lotteries after all.
Nevertheless, it sets up CR7 for whatever he has planned after football.
Even if he honours his promise of playing until he’s 41, the day Ronaldo hangs up his boots will eventually arrive. Moreover, while not impossible, it’s hard to imagine him becoming something as mild as a coach or pundit.
After all, with the astonishing currency he possesses and is continuing to reap, the sky is the limit.
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