Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, often simply referred to as Ronaldo is one of the soccer players classed as the top two in the world in the 21st-century. Cristiano Ronaldo’s overall earnings were around $109 million in 2019, including around $34 million from his on-the-field contract with the Italian club Juventus. In addition to approximately $30 million in winnings, he also earned about $44 million from endorsements.
The reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s vast earning potential
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s top-earning athletes, with a vast fortune estimated at sitting between $200 million and $250 million. Born in Portugal, the forward was seen as one of the top soccer prospects in the world in 2002, when he was promoted to the first team squad of Sporting at the tender age of 16. In the close season before the start of the 2003-2004 season, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson moved to sign Ronaldo for around $15 million and called him one of the most exciting players he had ever seen.
One of the reasons the Cristiano Ronaldo earnings have reached such huge levels is the fact he has played for some of the biggest teams in the world over the course of his career. The arrival of Ronaldo at Manchester United coincided with a period of dominance at the English Premier League club, which included three league championships over his six-year stay and a Champion’s League victory while at the club, including his first FIFA World Player of the Year award.
After leaving United, Cristiano Ronaldo’s earnings went up even further with a move to Real Madrid, where the success he achieved went up another level. Over a nine-season stay at the Spanish giant, Cristiano Ronaldo won four Champion’s League titles and two La Liga Championships. Joining Juventus before the 2018-2019 season means Ronaldo has played in the top three leagues in world soccer at the very highest level of the sport.
Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo- earnings and impact
The question of who is the most successful player of the current era is one that keeps many experts up at night as they weigh the pros and cons of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These two players have shared the FIFA World Player of the Year award over recent years and show few signs of slowing down as they reach the twilight of their careers.
In terms of the Cristiano Ronaldo earnings- his contract at Juve is said to match the $700,000 weekly salary of Lionel Messi at Barcelona. However, in terms of outside sponsorships and endorsements, Ronaldo is earning far more than Messi through his estimated $1 billion lifetime deal with sportswear giant, Nike. The deal is similar to that offered to LeBron James and ties the Portuguese forward to Nike for the rest of his life.
Unlike Messi, who has a difficult relationship with the public in Argentina after leaving his home nation as a small boy, Ronaldo is beloved in Portugal after winning the European Championships in 2016. His “CR7” brand is also lucrative- selling underwear, home goods, and a range of beauty products.