The Juventus player ranked fourth in the “s 2020 Celebrity 100 list after making $ 105 million (€ 92.9 million) before taxes and duties in the past year. He beat archival Lionel Messi one point with the Argentine network $ 104 million (€ 92.1 million).
Ronaldo, 35, isn’t the first athlete to cross the $ 1 billion mark while he’s still active – golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather beat him – but he’s the first to reach him in a team sport.
His field skills during his 17 years of professional career allowed him to earn $ 650 million (€ 575.8 million) which will have grown to $ 765 million (€ 677.7 million) by the end of his current contract with the Italian team in 2022.
The rest of his income comes from “exploiting his celebrity,” said Forbes.
He has a lifetime contract with Nike since 2016 which has so far paid him $ 20 million (€ 17.7 million) per year, and also has agreements with Clear shampoo, Herbalife and the pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott.
It also has its own trademark – CR7 – which includes designer underwear, a line of shoes, perfumes and denim clothing. It is estimated to represent a quarter of his annual signing income.
Its popularity is also beneficial for clubs. Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo shirts worth over $ 60 million (€ 53.1 million) within 24 hours of its release.
He has also captured five Ballon D’Or and is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League.