Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st football player to hit $1bn mark in career earnings

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st football player to hit $1bn mark in career earnings

- Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the $1billion mark in terms of earnings, according to Forbes

- The Juventus star made a whopping $105m in the last 365 days from June 2019

- Ronaldo is the third athlete to have a lifetime contract with sport kit giants Nike

Cristiano Ronaldo has been raking in millions despite the economic crisis as a result of the global pandemic.

The Juventus striker has now become the first football player to hit the $1billion mark and achievement envisaged a few weeks back.

According to Forbes, the 35-year-old earned a staggering $105m from June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020 to achieve the feat.

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However, Ronaldo earnings is second to tennis legend and multiple Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

And the Portuguese icon is the third sportsman to hit the $1bn mark after golf ace Tiger Woods and undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

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Forbes also revealed that out of the $1bn earned by Ronaldo, $650m has come from his salary while the rest are off the pitch earnings.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star earned around $45m through endorsements in 2019.

CR7 became the third athlete to have a life contract with sport kit giants Nike after basketball heroes Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Ronaldo has the most followers on Instagram in the world with over 222million, a feat no human being has met.

Among his notable achievements includes five Champions Leagues trophies, five Balon d'Or awards, the European Championships and the Nations League with Portugal.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from breaking Serie A's record of 12 consecutive goals when the league returns later in June.

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The Juventus striker equaled the 11-goal tally before leagues across the world were shut down due to the global pandemic.

And now that the 2019-20 Italian season is about to kick off, the Portuguese international is in the best shape to get off an running.

Legit.ng also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo emerged the highest-paid footballer in 2020, and came the second in the overall earning sports celebrities after recording a £85.8million income, Forbes claim.

Lionel Messi came second among the footballers and third overall after with £83.4m income due to the pay cut during the global pandemic.

However, multiple Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is number one on the list of and became the first tennis star to move up to the top earners.

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