The star is the third athlete to reach the impressive mark. Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first billionaire footballer , this means that his net worth exceeds one billion dollars.
The Juventus star is the third athlete to reach this mark , joining Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather Jr, according to Forbes .
The Portuguese raised $ 106 million in the past year between his salary and sponsorship deals, leading him to a billion in earnings throughout his career.
His annual earnings actually declined nine percent, after he cut $ 4.3 million in his salary due to the coronavirus.
But it was enough for Cristiano Ronaldo to hit the $ 1 billion mark before Lionel Messi.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has earned more than $ 600 million during his career on wages alone. That number is expected to top $ 750 million by the time his current Juventus contract ends in the 2021-22 season.
Ronaldo has also raised around $ 45 million a year in endorsements during his career, including his alliance with Nike , with whom he has a lifetime contract.
The forward also has his own hotel company, Pestana CR7, in addition to being the world’s most followed sports star on Facebook and Instagram .
Cristiano raises approximately $ 1.2 million per Instagram post, more than anyone else on the planet.
Messi, three years younger than Ronaldo, is expected to hit the $ 1 billion mark in 2021.