Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Published 8:24 p.m. ET June 4, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo earned $105 million in the 365 days between June 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020, Forbes said when it released the yearly list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world late last month.
That total earnings figure for the past year was second only to tennis star Roger Federer in the athletic world and it made Ronaldo No. 1 on a different list: He’s the first soccer player to earn $1 billion during his career, Forbes reported Thursday.
Forbes says the 35-year-old Juventus star — who previously had high-profile and successful stints at Real Madrid and Manchester United — is just the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit the $1 billion earnings mark while still actively competing.
According to Forbes, $650 million of Ronaldo’s career earnings have come from salary. The rest comes off the pitch, with Forbes saying he earned around $45 million via endorsements in the past year. Among the most notable of his off-court pursuits is his lifetime contract with Nike, which Forbes says only Michael Jordan and LeBron James also have.
Ronaldo is also the most followed individual in the world on Instagram, with a staggering 222 million followers.
The Portuguese star — who helped his home country win the European Football Championship in 2016 —has collected five Ball d’Or awards while leading his teams to six league championships and five Champions League titles.
All earnings figures, per Forbes, are before taxes and fees.
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