This is a new record that Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly break in his spectacular career. At the end of 2020, the Portuguese striker could become the first footballer in history to cross the symbolic mark of a billion dollars in earnings. He would thus integrate the prestigious list of billionaire sportsmen behind the golfer Tiger Woods, in 2009, and the boxer Floyd Mayweather, in 2017.
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The first billionaire footballer
While the football planet has been stopped for several weeks, everything seems to be going well for Cristiano Ronaldo. If, like all his teammates in club, the Portuguese star has agreed to reduce his salary by 30% in order to limit the financial losses of Juventus Turin since the suspension of Serie A on March 9, this drop in revenues – estimated at 4 million euros – represents only a drop in the entirety of the gains that the Portuguese will accumulate in this year 2020.
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Indeed, according to the calculations of the American magazine Forbes, Madeira’s child prodigy earned nearly $ 109 million last year, including $ 65 million in salary and bonuses. This puts him right behind his eternal rival Lionel Messi, if we only take into account the salaries paid by the clubs. However, alongside his club income, the Portuguese can count on advertising revenues which amounted to around 45 million dollars over the past year. Colossal amounts that will allow the former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker to become by next December the first footballer to reach the symbolic mark of the billion dollars collected during his career.
Donations for the fight against the coronavirus
But, in addition to his bulletproof genius and his monumental fortune, CR7 is also renowned for his philanthropy. Confined to Madeira, his native island, with his family, the 35-year-old Portuguese striker decided to make a very nice donation, with the help of his agent Jorge Mendes, for Portuguese hospitals which are fighting against the spread of Covid- 19. Thus, the two men decided to offer two intensive care units, with a capacity of ten beds each, respirators and heart monitors for the Lisbon University Hospital. A similar donation also takes place for the Santo Antonio Hospital of the Porto University Hospital. For the time being, Cristiano Ronaldo has already donated $ 1.8 million to hospitals in his native Portugal to help them in their efforts against the coronavirus. Only one word : obrigado !
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Despite the 30% drop in revenue demanded by Juventus Turin, the Piedmontese club said it would finalize personal agreements with players and coaches in the coming weeks. The Italian institution said it hopes to save $ 100 million by reducing compensation over four months, from March to June. If individual merit-based arrangements are made, Cristiano Ronaldo should be the first to get away with it. The five-time Golden Ball had an immediate impact on Italy’s most prestigious club when it arrived in Turin in July 2018 for a four-year contract worth $ 340 million. Within 24 hours of her transfer from Real Madrid, the Old Lady’s social media accounts jumped by more than 2 million followers, and have since grown 40%. Over a million of his jerseys were sold in his first year in Italy, contributing to a 58% increase in product and license revenues. On the field, he was the most useful player in Serie A last season and led the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This season, he has already scored 21 goals, the number of goals he has scored all last season.
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