Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most successful and wealthiest soccer players in the world. When the Portuguese-born star turns 31 years old on Feb. 5, he will have been playing soccer professionally for nearly half of his life. A soccer legend since he was 16, Ronaldo has found global success with two of the most storied organizations in the world — first Manchester United and now Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth: $280 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated at $280 million, although some sources put his fortune closer to $310 million. He began accumulating his net worth when he was just 16 years old in 2001, when he first caught the attention of Manchester United, which signed him in 2003 for £12 million ($17.2 million). It was a record payment at the time for a player of that age.
In 2015, Forbes ranked Ronaldo as the third highest-paid athlete in the world, behind only famed boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. He is the 10th highest-paid celebrity in the world. He earned $79.5 million in 2015, $52.6 million of which came from his salary; $27 million came from endorsement deals.
Over the years, Ronaldo’s earnings have more than doubled. While in 2010 he made $36 million, in 2014 he brought home $80 million. In 2009, he became the most expensive soccer player in history when Real Madrid paid a $132 million transfer fee to acquire him from Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid’s Star
Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing for Real Madrid since July 1, 2009. Valued at $3.3 billion, Real Madrid is the most valuable soccer club in the world. Ronaldo earned £80 million ($114 million) making the move from Manchester United, a record at that time.
Playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo proved his worth, scoring 33 goals in 35 games his first season; 40 goals in 34 games his second season; and 46 goals in 38 games the following season. In 2013, his annual salary was $28.6 million. In April 2013, Ronaldo renegotiated a six-year $138.94 million contract that runs until 2018.
While Ronaldo is often said to be the best soccer player of his generation, he has an ongoing rivalry with Lionel Messi for the title. Messi is an Argentina forward that plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Both players have scored in UEFA Champions League finals and earned numerous awards. They have also scored more than 50 goals in a single season each.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Endorsements
Lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, Castrol, Konami and others put Ronaldo behind only David Beckham when it comes to earning money from advertisers. In 2013, he earned more than $21 million in corporate sponsorships. By 2014, his endorsement earnings ticked up to $28 million. In 2015, he earned $27 million from endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo Movie
The 2015 documentary “Ronaldo” chronicles the soccer star’s life and career. The film premiere was accompanied by a decadent if not self-indulgent party. “Ronaldo” scored a paltry 17 percent on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. It took in just $86,465 at the worldwide box office and $88,915 in DVD sales. Here’s a look at the “Ronaldo” trailer:
Cristiano Ronaldo Personal Life
One person who was missing from Ronaldo’s documentary was his former girlfriend of five years, Irina Shayk. Shayk and Ronaldo were together during all 14 months of filming, but the Russian supermodel — and current girlfriend of Bradley Cooper — was conspicuously removed from the movie.
While the soccer player is single, he does have a son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., who was born in 2010. The soccer star has never made public the identity of the boy’s mother. Because Ronaldo’s father died of alcohol-related illness when he was just 20 years old, Ronaldo has vowed to be a good father to his son.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named both the FIFA World Player of the Year and the UEFA Club Forward of the Year, and has been honored with the Ballon d’OR and the Golden Boot. As a young professional soccer player, fans are eager to see Ronaldo continue to excel in his career.