Cristiano Ronaldo’s staggering annual salary is almost three times more than what any other Serie A player earns throughout the year.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport broke the news on Tuesday that Ronaldo earns a whopping €31m per year. This makes him easily the Serie A’s highest-earner, with his closest rival being new Juventus team-mate Matthijs de Ligt on a mere €8m in comparison.
The 20-year-old defender, who arrived in Turin in the summer for €75m, also makes an extra €4m annually in bonuses.
Fellow Serie A new boy Romelu Lukaku rounds off the top-three biggest earners. The new Inter Milan striker will make €7.5m, with bonus payments of €1.5m, this year following his arrival from Manchester United.
Juventus have certainly shown their financial might, with nine of their players making Gazzetta’s top-10 list. Among them are summer recruits Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey, who joined on free transfers from Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal respectively.
The newspaper, in fact, calculates that the Italian champions will spend a total of around €294m in player wages alone this year.
Despite his lucrative deal in Italy, however, Ronaldo still sits behind rival Lionel Messi in France Football’s list of the world football’s highest earners in 2019.
The Barcelona captain reportedly takes home a huge €130m per year in salary, bonuses and revenue from marketing campaigns. Ronaldo, on the other hand, makes a total of €113m in comparison.
Perhaps, though, Juventus will give their star man a pay rise sometime in the near future given the financial impact he’s made following his €112m arrival from Real Madrid last year.
Reports broke out this week claiming that Juventus’ social media followers have increased by 70 per cent. The club’s shirt sponsor, Jeep, is also allegedly prepared to increase their deal from €16m to €50m.
For now, though, Ronaldo’s focus will be on helping Portugal defeat Lithuania tonight in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Top-10 of Serie A’s Biggest Earners
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – €31m
2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) – €8m
3. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – €7.5m (plus €1.5m bonuses)
4. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) – €7.5m
5. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – €7.3m
6. Adrien Rabiot (Juventus) – €7m (plus €2m bonuses)
7. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) – €7m
8. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – €6.5m
9. Douglas Costa (Juventus) – €6m
10. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) – €6m