Portuguese star and Juventus hitman, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer to earn over $1billion in career earnings, according to Forbes [via ESPN]. This also makes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner just the third athlete to achieve the feat while still active, with only Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather managing to rake in $1b before.
Ronaldo, who currently plays for Italian side Juventus, has also been named the highest-paid footballer in 2020, with Portuguese amassing a stagerring $105m, with arch-nemesis Messi coming at second, with an estimated earning of $104m. However, both footballers, who took pay cuts to help their respective clubs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were pipped to the top spot by tennis icon Roger Federer.
Ronaldo, 35, continues to be on top of his game, and this latest honour is just another in a long list of records and achievements the Portuguese has broken and earned in his illustrious, trophy-laden career.
Nonetheless, his immediate focus will be to help Juventus in the Serie A, which has been scheduled to resume later this month, as the Old Lady enjoy a slight one-point lead against second-placed Lazio. The Portuguese is reported to be fitter than he was prior to the postponement of football and will be raring to go for Sarri’s side once action resumes.