Cristiano Ronaldo, has become the first footballer in history to become a billionaire during his career.
The 35-year-old joins Tiger Woods and Floyd
Mayweather as the only athletes to accumulate $1 billion.
According to Forbes , the Juventus star made $105 million before tax last year, taking his total worth over the $1 billion mark.
The attacker has been named the fourth-highest earning celebrity in 2020 by the magazine, behind tennis legend, Roger Federer, rapper, Kanye West and Kylie Jenner.
Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, who Forbes said earned $104 million in 2019, came in fifth, while Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, took seventh place with $95.5 million.
After Woods and Mayweather, Ronaldo is the third athlete ever to accumulate such wealth, and the first to do so in a team sport.
The Portugal international is said to have made $650 million in wages over the 17 years as a professional athlete, with the rest made from endorsements.
He has been tied to a lucrative lifetime deal with Nike since 2016, and is attached to several other big-name brands.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is building a business empire with his fashion and lifestyle brand, hotel chain and the CR7 museum in his hometown of Funchal in Madeira.
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His 2020 earnings have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as his salary has dropped after the Juventus squad agreed to take a 30 percent pay cut.
Although Messi’s salary this year will drastically reduced by 70 percent because of the crisis, Forbes predicts the Argentine sensation will join his eternal rival in the billionaire’s club next year.
Ronaldo’s Serie A side and champions, face an away trip to Bologna on their first game back on June 22, after the league was suspended because of the pandemic.
They will then host Lecce four days later.
The Turin giants are a point ahead of Lazio, with 12 games left to play.