Cristiano Ronaldo is football’s first billionaire ahead of Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has becomes football’s first-ever billionaire ahead of Lionel Messi – with his Barcelona rival to follow suit next year.

The Juventus star, 35, has become only the third sports star to reach the milestone, joining Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather Jr, according to Forbes.

Ronaldo earned $105 million before taxes and fees in the past year, landing him at No. 4 on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100. His 2020 earnings include a salary of $60 million, slightly less than last year. Because of a 30% pay cut he agreed to take this April as a result of the pandemic.

Messi, who earned $104 million in the past year after taking a 70% pay cut while the coronavirus sidelined play, is poised to surpass $1 billion in all-time earnings as soon as next year.

Credit: The Sun & Forbes

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