In November 2015 Ronaldo declared himself the best player in the world and added that it doesn’t matter what other people say. With 8 major individual awards to his name and over 300 goals scored for his club, he has every right to claim such a title and of course his fat paycheck which contributes to a net worth, as of September 2015, of $280 million, Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed one of the greats of football.
Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth - $280 Million
Birth Name - Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of birth - 5 February 1985
Zodiac Sign - Aquarius
Birth Place - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Nationality - Portuguese
Height - 6′ 1″
Profession - Football player, Fashion entrepreneur
It is even hard to believe that at one time he considered hanging up his boots even before he had been discovered. At the age of 15 Ronaldo was diagnosed with tachycardia, a condition that makes the heart beat faster than normal. The young footballer, however, got treatment for the problem and was able to carry on playing.
It was in 2003 that he begun earning the big money when Alex Ferguson was impressed by his skills and signed him up to Manchester United in England. His contract was worth $12.24 million. By 2005, he was quite a star in the club and he was voted FIFpro special young player of the year, two years after that the club had to increase his pay to keep him at the club at a yearly fee of £31 million. He continued to impress even more and earned the captains armband.
By 2009, it was impossible for Manchester United to Keep him as he was lured by Spanish Giants Real Madrid who by 2015 were paying the football star 52 million a year with a weekly salary of $1 million. Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that his rivalry with Lionel Messi helps to play better football!
Salary though is not the only source of enormous wealth for Ronaldo, a player of his skill and fame also attracts lots of endorsements. According to Forbes, in 2015, Ronaldo signed endorsements worth $27M. Some of the major sponsors include Nike, who signed a deal with him to wear their Mercurial brand boots, Tagheuer the Swiss watchmaker, Samsung, KFC, Emirates Air.
Even off the pitch, the star is able to appeal to advertisers and sponsors because of his good looks and sense of style. Cristiano has appeared in a number of adverts purely because of his looks and incredible athletic physic which makes him a good model as well.
The Portuguese forward also has his own business interests like his own brand of clothing under the label CR7 which has a range of shirts, underwear and shoes all sold under the CR7 brand in his home, Portugal.
With a fat pay cheque and net worth of 280 million, Cristiano Ronaldo is able to finance one of his most expensive hobbies which is collecting cars. He has a collection of over 15 cars with a combined total far over $4 million. These cars include: Bugatti Veyron worth $1.7M, Ferrari 599 Fiorano which he bought at $310 thousand, Lamborghini Aventador, valued at $ 318 thousand, Phantom Rolls Royce, valued at $400 thousand, Bentley GT Speed $220 thousand, and many more which he keeps in a private garage.
It is though not just about himself, the football star has given quite a lot of his money to support different charities especially back home as well as globally, supporting efforts of Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision.
Sports commentators say despite the money he has made through his career, it does not measure up to the skill he has displayed on the pitch.