Here’s a riddle: What is one thing that even the richest people in the world, the likes of Bill Gates, can’t ever buy but a certain footballer has without paying a single dollar? Something really priceless maybe? Something out of the world? I mean, an actual galaxy named after you counts as out of the world, right? It’s rightly said… There are some things that you just can’t have. Well, unless you are Cristiano Ronaldo.
Thank you for stumbling upon How Big Are They and today, we will be kicking the doors open to find out just how rich AND how big Cristiano Ronaldo really is.
From growing up in poverty and being diagnosed with a racing heart at the age of 15 to being the highest paid footballer with a galaxy named after him 15 years later, Ronaldo’s journey is nothing short of fascinating. And so is his wealth. Ronaldo has a net worth of more than $450 million. For someone who plays football for a living, that is virtually as good as it can get today. In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to become the first ever billionaire footballer!
In salary and bonuses alone, CR7 makes close to a million dollars… every week. And we haven’t even talked about his endorsements yet. Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of the biggest brands in the world like Nike, Samsung, Armani, Tag Heuer, Toyota, Herbalife, and Konami. From all of these, he makes another $27 million every year. Add them both and you have a yearly income of more than $79 million. Let’s try putting that into perspective.
- It would take an average American just less than twenty years to make what Cristiano Ronaldo makes in one week. So good luck working for 1,654 years to earn what he makes in one single year!
- If Ronaldo converts all his yearly earnings into $1 bills and decides to build football fields just from those, he would be able to build more than 158 football fields! If he does the same with his total wealth, he would be able to build more than 900 (Nine Hundred!) football fields!
- If Ronaldo gives away all his wealth to one of his fans and asks him to spend it at the rate of $10 each second, it would still take him more than 260 days to spend it all. That’s when he spends $10 every single second, non-stop, every hour, every day, every week, and every month! Also, that’d be one heck of a lucky fan!
Speaking of fans, Ronaldo has lots of them. And when I say lots, I mean a massive 111 million fans on his Facebook page alone. In fact, if you subtract the followers of Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, and Justin Bieber, all combined, from Ronaldo’s list, he would still be left with more than 6 million followers! No doubt about him being the highest followed person on Facebook then. Instagram and Twitter are not short on followers either. As I write this, he has 56.6 million followers on Instagram and another 42 million on Twitter. If his fans from these three platforms alone decided to make a country then it would be the 5th most populated country in the world!
Ronaldo, though, is more than just one of the best footballers ever. He is a huge brand. He has his own CR7 boutiques in his homeland of Portugal while he also has his own line of fragrances, shoes, shirts, underwear and more. He is also a major investor in Pestana Hotels, which is a group of 4 hotels worth more than 80 million dollars. That’s not it, though! He has his own museum as well, called Meuseu CR7, where he showcases his trophies and memorabilia. Oh and the galaxy I told you about at the beginning? It’s called Cosmos Redshift 7 (short for CR7), named in honor CR7 by its discoverer David Sobral.
All this wealth and popularity is put to good use too. Other than being one of the best ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo is a genuine philanthropist too. He paid for the special treatment of a 9-year-old boy suffering from terminal cancer in 2012. In the same year, he also sold his golden boot from 2011 and donated every penny of 1.5 million euros that he received for it to fund schools in Gaza.
Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most influential athletes any sport has ever seen. His rise to what he has become is the finest example of focus, persistence and will power. Whether or not he should be regarded as the best player ever might be a point of debate but there is no argument about him being one of the richest and one of the biggest the sporting world has ever seen!
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