In 2019, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo earned $ 105 million (before taxes and fees), with the result that he took 4-th place ranking in Forbes Celebrity 100. That’s one place higher than its main rival, the Argentinian Lionel Messi. Ronaldo became the first player in history to which managed to earn $ 1 billion in his career.
35-year-old striker is the third athlete who achieved great marks. The first was the golfer tiger woods, who did it in 2009, having a long-term agreement with Nike, and the second being boxer Floyd Mayweather, achieved in 2017, he gained most of its income from pay-per-view fights.
Ronaldo, the first to reach milestones in team sports, earned $ 650 million on the field over his 17 years as a professional. It is expected that its income will reach 765 million dollars in career at the end of the contract in June 2022. The remaining amount up to one billion the Portuguese have already brought in sponsor contracts.
Messi, who started playing at the highest level in three years after Ronaldo, with 2005 earned 605 million dollars.