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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Football’s first-ever billionaire

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has officially joined the billionaire club alongside fellow sporting greats Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods, making him football’s first ever ten-figure player, according to Forbes.

The 35-year-old, who was named the highest-paid footballer on the planet in 2020, according to Forbes, is also the highest-earning athlete in lockdown after making nearly £1.9 million through Instagram alone.

With a total of 429.3 million followers across all social media platforms, as well as his $65 million annual salary and bonus at current club Juventus, Ronaldo remains one of the best paid athletes in sport.

The Juventus forward has made $650 million through football alone with the rest coming from an array of endorsement deals off the pitch.

He becomes only the third athlete to break the billion dollar milestone whilst still playing, joining Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather in that illustrious club.

Forbes’ top 20 highest-paid male athletes in the world for 2020 were as followed:

1. Roger Federer (Tennis) – $106.3m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) – $105m

3. Lionel Messi (Football) – $104m

4. Neymar (Football) – $95.5m

5. LeBron James (Basketball) – $88.2m

6. Stephen Curry (Basketball) – $74.4m

7. Kevin Durant (Basketball) – $63.9m

8. Tiger Woods (Golf) – $62.3m

9. Kirk Cousins (American football) – $60.5m

10. Carson Wentz (American football) – $59.1m

11. Tyson Fury (Boxing) – $57m

11. Russell Westbrook (Basketball) – $57m

13. Lewis Hamilton (Racing driver) – $54m

14. Rory McIlroy (Golf) – $52m

15. Jared Goff (American football) – $49m

16. Conor McGregor (MMA) – $48m

17. James Harden (Basketball) – $47.8m

18. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball) – $47.6m

19. Anthony Joshua (Boxing) – $47m

20. Deontay Wilder (Boxing) – $46.5m

 
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