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Is Ronaldo finally retiring after reaching his latest net worth goal

Is Cristiano Ronaldo the ultimate soccer superstar? It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, soaring higher in the world of soccer and endorsement deals than any other footballer ever has. With a net worth that sits pretty at $500 million, he’s not just playing in the big leagues – he IS the big league. From amassing between $100-150 million a year, this Portuguese prodigy’s finances are as impressive as his footwork.

In 2020 alone, Cristiano tucked away a cool $120 million, with companies like Nike, Clear Shampoo, and Herbalife chipping in a hefty $50 million. That’s right! And let’s not forget he’s continually being held in the same esteem as football greats like Pele, Maradona, and George Best. How does all this affect his net worth? 

Let’s take a look at Ronaldo’s net worth and see how much is in that wallet of his.

The Billionaire Athlete Club: A Glimpse

What’s next for Ronaldo? By the time he hangs up those legendary boots, he’s projected to rack up over $1 billion in career earnings. Just think about that number for a second. This makes him a potential inductee into the elite ‘billionaire athlete club’ alongside heavy hitters like Floyd Mayweather, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan.

December 2022 brought more buzz. Rumors swirled that Cristiano was about to ink a monumental deal with the Saudi team, Al Nassr. The buzz solidified into news on December 5th: a whopping 500 million Euro contract for two and a half years. This isn’t just another deal; it’s the largest contract in sports history when it comes to earnings per season.

Annually, Ronaldo’s base salary itself has often exceeded $60 million. And away from the roaring stadiums? He’s pocketing over $40 million from endorsements. Yearly stats have been staggering: $108 million between June 2017 and 2018, followed by $110 million in the next year. By the subsequent year, that figure rose to $120 million.

One of his most bankable collaborations? A “lifetime” deal with Nike, inked in November 2016. Though the specifics remain hush-hush, word on the street is that a $100 million signing bonus was part of the package. Ronaldo’s entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t stop there. From fragrances to fashion, he’s been turning his brand into gold.

And who can forget 2018? After a nine-year stint with Real Madrid, Juventus scored a four-year deal with Cristiano, with an enviable base salary of $64 million.

Ronaldo, Messi, and… Zidane?

Who’s the greatest soccer player of all time? It’s a never-ending debate. Is it Ronaldo? Messi? Old-timers like Pele, Maradona, or Johan Cruyff? There’s no universal consensus. But the admiration between Ronaldo and Messi is mutual. They’ve shared the global stage for over 16 years. Their mutual respect is undeniable. Then there’s Zinedine Zidane. 

As Ronaldo’s manager at Real Madrid from 2015 to 2018, they bagged three Champions League titles together. Zidane himself, hailed for his exceptional dribbling and passing skills, has a record to marvel at, from winning the Champions League and La Liga with Real Madrid to clinching the World Cup with France.

In 2017, Zidane crowned Ronaldo as his “greatest player of all time,” leaving no room for debate. So, as Ronaldo continues to set the field and the business world ablaze, the question lingers: What’s next for CR7?

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