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Ronaldo set to become first footballer to earn $1 billion

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
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Cristiano Ronaldo will very soon become the first football player and only the third active sportsman to reach $1 billion in income.

In order to help Juventus keep functioning as a viable business and to ensure that the club could continue paying the non-playing staff over the next few months amid the coronavirus crisis, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo accepted to take a massive £3.5 million (around €4 million) pay cut.

As admirable as the gesture is, it is not even enough to make a dent in the Portuguese’s yearly income.

With endorsement deals with the likes of multinational corporations like Nike, his CR7 brand which includes a line of exquisite hotels, clothing, underwear, and cologne, Ronaldo is one of the most marketable persons on the planet.

And thanks to all of the above, he is will still be able to become the third active sportsman, after boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and golfer Tiger Woods, to hit $1 billion in revenue.

Just last year, as we reported earlier, Ronaldo took home a mouthwatering €118 million, only second-best to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who earned €131 million.