Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer to earn over $1 billion, according to Forbes, putting him ahead of rival Lionel Messi. Ronaldo, 35, is ranked at No. 4 in the business magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid figures in 2020 — behind only Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Roger Federer — with analysis suggesting he brought in $105 million before tax over the past year
In 2019, Ronaldo hauled in £88million ($109m) as football’s second highest paid player – behind long-time rival Lionel Messi. Now Forbes latest list has Ronaldo landing another £85m ($108m), thus ensuring he is the first footballer to earn $1billion during his playing career.
His earnings have taken a hit this year, though, after Juventus players agreed to a four-month pay cut to help the Italian side cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ronaldo is due to return to action on the pitch when Serie A resumes June 20 with Juventus top of the table, a point ahead of Lazio.
Here, we take a look back at Ronaldo’s 15 greatest moment in the round leather game.