Juventus star player Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the first footballer to reach a $1 billion dollar mark and only the third sportsman in the world after golf star Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to have earned $1bn during his career.
Juve announced a massive pay cut over the next four months last week to help them save coast to caution the effect of coronavirus, but it won’t affect the Portuguese superstar too much.
The Portuguese forward brand CR7 had earned him over €100m in only in 2019, he is expected to reach the $1billion dollar mark.
The wage cut by the old lady will see Ronaldo lose about $4.24million in earnings, but the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward won’t be affected by the pay cut.
According to Forbes, this is not enough to make much of a dent in his annual earnings and only 4% of the club’s expected savings.
The 35-year-old endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, CR7 underwear and Cologne as he is expected to earn $46million dollars in wages in 2020. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also on the cover of FIFA 19.
Only Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned more than Ronaldo last season, but the fact that the 35-year-old has almost played 18 seasons of professional football helps him become the first-ever footballer to reach $1bn during his career.
Should he achieve this feat, Ronaldo would become the third active athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to accomplish this feat.