Possibly the most famous footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has barely gone a day without a headline since his sensational return to former club Manchester United. But after a glittering career at the top of world football, what kind of money is he really earning?
Few names in the footballing world carry as much clout as Cristiano Ronaldo, an international megastar who has been locked in a relentless battle to claim the title of world number one for more than a decade.
Now at Manchester United, Ronaldo’s career appears to be in a slightly strange phase. Where he has no doubt become accustomed to playing with some of the finest teams ever assembled, he finds himself in a transitional side struggling to find their rhythm or identity.
But despite his team’s struggles on the pitch, Ronaldo the player remains as feared and revered as ever – and Ronaldo the man’s marketability shows no sign of fading.
Ronaldo re-joined Manchester United in late August 2021. By mid-September it was reported he has already sold £187 million worth of shirts, Sport Bible says.
What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth?
To say Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is rich is a massive understatement – according to multiple sources he has a net worth of £367 million, or $500 million.
Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Turin-based side Juventus, who he joined for an eye-watering £96 million back in 2018. The signing was the highest fee ever paid by an Italian side, causing quite an upset when the legendary forward left just three years later for just £12.85m.
How much does Cristiano Ronaldo get paid at Manchester United?
Back in November 2021, the Mirror reported that Ronaldo’s salary worked out at £550,000 per week.
Forbes’ revered sporting rich list 2021 claims the man from Portugal is the third highest-paid athlete in the world, coming behind only Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor and his arch-nemesis Lionel Messi.
The publication claims the former Juventus man pulled in a little over £50 million through on-field earnings in 2021, making up the majority of the £88 million he made in total for the year.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sponsorship deals
The final section of Ronaldo’s huge 2021 earnings, according to Forbes, is made up of off-field earnings worth over £36 million.
According to Spanish sports paper Marca , the list of Ronaldo’s many sponsorship deals includes huge names such as Armani, Clear Shampoo, Herbalife and Unilever.
Biggest of all, though, is his massive deal with sportswear brand Nike, rumoured to be in the region of £15 million.
He also has his own income streams through his business ventures, owning hair transplant firms operating across Spain and Portugal, says Marca.