|Full name||Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro|
|Birthday||February 5, 1985|
|Cristiano Ronaldo Net worth||$500 million|
|Source of wealth||Salary, endorsements|
|Marital status||In a relationship with Georgina Rodriguez|
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cristiano Ronaldo has an estimated net worth of $500 million. The Manchester United forward is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes of all time — with total earnings of over $1.24 billion (inflation-adjusted) in his career. This year Forbes named Ronaldo the third-best paid sportsman taking home $115 million in a 12-month period.
Often regarded as one of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes — the most by a European player. He has also won 32 trophies including seven league titles and five UEFA Champions League titles.
The footballer began his professional career in 2002 at Sporting CP when he was 16. In 2003 he joined Manchester United in a then world-record transfer fee of €94 million. After spending six years at Old Trafford, he joined Real Madrid where he won four Champions League titles. In 2018 he became the most expensive player over 30 years of age after a €100 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus. He’s currently on a two-year contract plus an optional year with Manchester United after his return to the club in August 2021.
According to The Richest Cristiano Ronaldo is the second wealthiest footballer in the world with a net worth of $500 million. So how exactly does he make and spend his millions?
Early life and career beginnings
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born and brought up on the Portuguese island of Madeira. His father Jose Aveiro was a kit man and his mother Maria Dolores, was a cook. He grew up in a poor family and shared a room with his siblings. His mother disclosed that she wanted to abort him due to poverty.
Ronaldo began playing football at the age of seven. He played for Andorinha, a local club where his father was the equipment manager. He later played for Nacional before being signed by Sporting CP. Cristiano, who was really passionate about football requested his mother to let him quit school so as to concentrate on the game. He had also been expelled from school for throwing a chair at one of his teachers.
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At the age of 17, Ronaldo was promoted to Sporting CP’s first team and made his debut in the Primeira Liga on 29 September 2002 against Braga. In 2003, Sporting CP defeated Manchester United 3 -1 at the inauguration of the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Sporting’s home ground.
After the game, United’s manager Alex Ferguson was so impressed by Ronaldo that he wanted to sign him instantly agreeing to pay Sporting CP £12.24 million for the young promising footballer. This became the most expensive transfer for a teenager in English football history at the time.
He scored his first goal for United with a free kick against Portsmouth on 1 November. Ronaldo earned his first trophy in United’s 3-0 win over Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup Final. He made 29 appearances and scored four goals in his first season at United. The footballer won his first premier league title in the 2006-07 premier league season and was named the Premier League Player of the Month in November and December 2006 making him only the third player to receive consecutive honors.
In the following season, Ronaldo scored 31 premier league goals which earned him the Premier League Golden Boot and the European Golden Boot as well. He also won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 and became the first Manchester United player to win the trophy since George Best in 1968. He also became the first Premier League player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.
After spending six years at Old Trafford Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in a then world-record transfer fee of €94 million. According to the official Real Madrid website, Ronaldo netted 451 times in 438 competitive appearances for the Los Blancos and is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer to date.
He holds the records for the most goals to have been scored by a Real Madrid player in a single season (61) and the highest number of games in which a player has scored three or more times in the history of LaLiga (34). He helped the club win 4 Champions League trophies, 3 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copas del Rey, and 2 Spanish Super Cups.
Juventus and return to Old Trafford
After spending nine seasons with The Vikings, CR7 signed a four-year contract with Juventus after a €100 million transfer — the highest transfer fee paid by an Italian club. He scored 101 goals in 133 appearances and won five trophies for “The Old Lady”. Ronaldo became the first player in Juventus history to score at least 100 goals in all competitions in his first three seasons with the club.
In August 2021 he returned to Manchester United after signing a two-year contract with an optional year. According to Sky Sports, the transfer cost an initial €15 million. In April 2022, he was named Premier League Player of the Month.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $500 million. How does he make his millions?
Salaries & endorsements
According to a November 2021 report by Sportico, Ronaldo had accumulated a total of $1.12 billion in career earnings and was ranked the highest-paid soccer player of all time. Other footballers on the list were Lionel Messi ($1.05 billion), David Beckham ($880 million), and Neymar ($580 million).
Cristiano Ronaldo makes most of his money from salary and endorsements. This year Forbes has named him the third best-paid sports person and the 2nd best-paid soccer player in the world with total earnings of about $115 million. Lionel Messi topped the list with $130 million with Lebron James coming in second with $121.2 million. Ronaldo’s on-field salary totaled $60 million while his endorsement deals earned him a whopping $55 million.
Forbes has featured him in their annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes since 2012. The table below shows his earnings in the last ten years.
According to standard.co.uk, Ronaldo is currently the best-paid player in the premier league with a £480,000-a-week salary which translates to about £1.92 million every month and £23 million annually. The footballer signed a lifetime deal with Nike in 2016 worth about $20 million every year. He became the third athlete in history to sign a lifetime deal with the brand after Michael Jordan and Lebron James. He has been sponsored by Nike since 2003. Some of his other sponsors include MTG, Unilever, Herbalife, and Delivery Hero.
Cristiano Ronaldo owns a fashion line known as CR7 which he launched in 2006. The brand includes eyewear, footwear, underwear, and a fragrance known called Legacy. He also has a stake in the Tatel restaurants. Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media with over half a billion followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has more than 440 million followers on Instagram and is the highest-paid celebrity on the platform pocketing about $1.6 million for every sponsored post.
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How does Ronaldo spend his millions?
Ronaldo is currently renting a seven-bedroom elegant home just outside of Manchester. It’s estimated to be worth at least $3 million and features a state-of-the-art fitness center, a cinema room, a huge modern kitchen, a jacuzzi, six-men security patrol, among other amenities.
When he played for Italy side Juventus, Ronaldo rented an 8-bedroom home in Turin for $50,000 a day. The mansion featured an indoor pool and a large private garden. CR7 owned a $6.2 million mansion in La Finca, Spain during his time at Real Madrid. The modern home featured seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a gym, a football pitch, and a jacuzzi. He sold the property for about $5.9 million.
When he first joined Manchester United in 2003, Cristiano bought a 5-bedroom $4.3 million property that featured a steam room, a huge indoor pool, a game room, a cinema room, a gym, and a hot tub among other facilities. Back in 2015, the Manchester United forward bought an $18.5 million apartment in New York City’s Trump Tower.
Cristiano Ronaldo has an insane car collection estimated to be worth about $50 million. He owns more than five Ferraris including a $1.95 million rare Ferrari Monza SP2, a $310,000 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, a $480,000 Ferrari F12 TDF, a $300,000 Ferrari F430, and a $385,000 Ferrari 599 GTO.
The Real Madrid’s all-time top goal scorer coughed a whopping $18 million for his ultra-rare 1,500 horsepower Bugatti La Voiture Noire. Last year, the player gifted himself a $12 million Bugatti during his 36th birthday. The supercar is so rare that only Ronaldo and nine other people in the whole world own it. He also owns a $2.25 million Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.
Ronaldo regularly donates to charity. In 2009, he gave £100,000 to a hospital in his hometown of Madeira, Spain that helped his mother battle cancer. The star paid for specialized treatment for a young boy with terminal cancer in 2012. In 2015 he donated £5 million to help the victims of an earthquake in Nepal that took away 8,000 lives. After winning the 2016 Champions League title with Real Madrid, Ronaldo was generous enough to donate his entire €600,000 bonus to charity.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had many achievements in his career of 18 years. Having netted 803 times for club and country, Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored by a player in football history. He’s the 9th player with the most professional career appearances with 1,155 official appearances.
He also holds the record for the most appearances (183), most goals (140), most assists (42) in the champions league, and the most international goals by a male player (115). Ronaldo is Portugal’s most capped player with more than 180 caps. He has scored over 100 goals for his country and remains the nation’s top goal scorer.
Ronaldo is the only player to have won five UEFA Champions League titles. He won his first with United in 2008 and the other four with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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Ronaldo is a father of five children, Cristiano Jr., born in 2010, twins Eva and Matteo born via surrogacy in 2017, and Alana Martina born in 2017. On April 18, 2022, Ronaldo and his current girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez welcomed twins, a boy, and a girl but unfortunately, the boy died in childbirth. The footballer was in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk from 2010 to 2015. Ronaldo has stated that he doesn’t drink alcohol. He has no tattoos since he frequently donates blood.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a net worth of $500 million and is one of the world’s richest footballers and sportsmen. He makes most of his fortune from endorsements and his on-field salary. Finally, below are some quotes by Ronaldo.
- “I see myself as the best footballer in the world. If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of.”
- “Talent without working hard is nothing.”
- “Winning – that’s the most important to me. It’s as simple as that.”
- “People have to understand one thing: at the age of 18, I arrived at a dream club like Manchester United. It was a dream come true. But, even at that moment, I was thinking about playing in England for some years and then going to play in Spain. Even at that time, I was thinking that way, and I always gave 100% everything.”
- “I know I’m a good professional, I know that no one’s harder on me than myself and that’s never going to change, under any circumstances.”