Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as the first soccer billionaire, The PUNCH reports
The 35-year-old Juventus star is the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit the $1 billion earnings mark while still actively competing, according to Forbes.
Forbes, via its Twitter handle, said Ronaldo earned $105 million in the past year (2019), making him number 4 on the 2020 Forbes list.
Ronaldo raked in £85million last year from his wages and endorsement deals, pushing him into becoming a billionaire.
His capital for the past year was second only to tennis superstar, Roger Federer, in the athletic world and it made him the number one in the game of football.
Meanwhile, aside his footballing income, Ronaldo’s commercial value has contributed much to his billionaire status. Instagram, in no small measure, played a part.