June 6,Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first ever footballer to have a fortune of $1 billion,Goal.com reports.
Forbes states that the Juventus forward garnered $105 millions before tax in the last year, taking his net worth over the $1 billion mark.
The 35-year-old striker has been named the 4th highest earning celebrity in 2020 by the magazine, behind tennis legend Roger Federer, model Kylie Jenner and rapper Kanye West .
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is said to have earned $104 millions in the last year, came in fifth while PSG forward Neymar Jr. took 7th place with $95.5 millions.
After golf icon Tiger Woods and former boxer Floyd Mayweather, Ronaldo is just the third athlete ever to accumulate such wealth and the first to do so in a team sport.
The Portugal man is believed to have made $650 millions in wages over his 17 years as a professional athlete, with the rest made from endorsements. He has been tied to a remunerative lifetime deal with Nike since 2016 and is full of regard for several other big brands. The time Ballon d’Or winner has also built a business empire, with his fashion and lifestyle brand, hotel chain and the CR7 museum in his hometown of Funchal in Madeira,the homeland of the star.
His earning in 2020 have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as his salary has lowered after the Juventus squad agreed to take a 30 percent pay cut.
Leonel Messi also is in the same state as his salary has been reduced by 70% because the pandeemic, the Forbes predicts the Argentine fotballer will join his rival in the billionaire’s club by the next year.
Having been on interruption since March, Serie A will return later this month, with Juventus facing an away trip to Bologna on their first game back on June 22.