According to Forbes, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is now earning more than $1 billion. Cristiano Ronaldo is also the most followed superstar on Facebook and Instagram with over 122 million and 200 million followers. He earned most of his money from his 17 years football career and some from his celebrity leverage, Forbes said.
Over 500,000 Ronaldo Jerseys worth over $60 million were sold at Juventus upon its 24 hours of release. Other than that, Ronaldo has a lifetime deal with Nike that makes him $20 million a year. He also has a deal with other companies like Herbalife, Clear Shampoo, and Abbott.
Cristiano Ronaldo also owns his brand – CR7 – which includes underwear, fragrances shoes and denim wears. His trophy shelf includes two Spanish titles, three Premier League titles, five UEFA Champions leagues, and one Italian Championship trophy.
However, Ronaldo is not the only athlete to cross the $1 billion earning. Boxer Floyd Mayweather and Golfer Tiger Woods made to the mark before him but he still is the first to reach on a team sport.