Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to hit $1bn mark in career earnings

Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to hit $1bn mark in career earnings

- Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the $1 billion mark in terms of earnings, according to Forbes

- The Juventus star made a whopping $105 million in the last 365 days from June 2019

- Ronaldo is the third athlete to have a lifetime contract with sport kit giants Nike

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been raking in millions despite the economic crisis as a result of the global pandemic.

The Juventus striker has now become the first football player to hit the $1billion mark and achievement envisaged a few weeks back.

According to Forbes, the 35-year-old earned a staggering $105 million from 1 June 2019, to 1 June, 2020, to achieve the feat.

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However, Ronaldo earnings is second to tennis legend and multiple Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer.

And the Portuguese icon is the third sportsman to hit the $1bn mark after golf ace Tiger Woods and undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

Forbes also revealed that out of the $1bn earned by Ronaldo, $650m has come from his salary while the rest are off the pitch earnings.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star earned around $45 million through endorsements in 2019.

CR7 became the third athlete to have a life contract with sport kit giants Nike after basketball heroes Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Ronaldo has the most followers on Instagram in the world with over 222 million, a feat no human being has met.

Among his notable achievements includes five Champions Leagues trophies, five Balon d'Or awards, the European Championships and the Nations League with Portugal.

Meanwhile, reported that Cristiano Ronaldo emerged the highest-paid footballer in 2020, and came the second in the overall earning sports celebrities after recording a £85.8 million income, Forbes claimed.

Lionel Messi came second among the footballers and third overall after with £83.4 million income due to the pay cut during the global pandemic.

However, multiple Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is number one on the list of and became the first tennis star to move up to the top earners.

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