Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved so much in his football career.
The Portuguese turned professional in 2002 and it didn’t take him long to establish himself as one of the world’s best footballers.
Now 36 years old, Ronaldo is coming to the end of his career but continues to perform at an extremely high level.
Ronaldo’s brilliance over the past 20 years means he’s been able to accrue an insane amount of money.
In fact, Sportico have revealed that he’s earned more than a billion dollars over the course of his career.
But where does he rank among the highest-paid athletes of all-time?
Sportico have crunched the numbers and named the top 25 highest-paid athletes ever, according to inflation adjusted earnings.
25. Derek Jeter | Baseball | $555m
24. Peyton Manning | American Football | $570m
23. Oscar de la Hoya | Boxing | $580m
22. Jeff Gordon | Stock Car Racing | $595m
21. Neymar | Football | $615m
20. Lewis Hamilton | Formula 1 | $620m
19. Kevin Durant | Basketball | $625m
18. Manny Pacquiao | Boxing | $630m
17. Alex Rodriguez | Baseball | $650m
16. Mike Tyson | Boxing | $775m
15. Greg Norman | Golf | $815m
14. Shaquille O’Neal | Basketball | $870m
13. Kobe Bryant | Basketball | $930m
12. David Beckham | Football | $1.05bn
11. Phil Mickelson | Golf | $1.08bn
10. Roger Federer | Tennis | $1.12bn
9. Michael Schumacher | Formula 1 | $1.13bn
8. Lionel Messi | Football | $1.14bn
7. LeBron James | Basketball | $1.17bn
6. Floyd Mayweather | Boxing | $1.2bn
5. Cristiano Ronaldo | Football | $1.24bn
4. Jack Nicklaus | Golf | $1.38bn
3. Arnold Palmer | Golf | $1.5bn
2. Tiger Woods | Golf | $2.1bn
1. Michael Jordan | Basketball | $2.62bn
The list is dominated by athletes from the United States.
16 sportspeople from the United States feature, including six of the top seven.
The highest-paid non-American is Ronaldo.
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The 36-year-old has earned a whopping $1.24bn during his career, enough to make him the fifth highest-paid athlete ever.
Despite earning an incredible fortune, the Man United star is no where near top spot.
That’s because Jordan has earned a quite ludicrous $2.62bn in his career, more than $500m than Woods in second place.
It’ll be a long, long time until someone surpasses Jordan as the highest-paid athlete ever.