Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the first footballer to reach the $1bn mark in total career earnings by the end of the season according to a report. The Portuguese footballer would join the likes of Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to become the third active athlete to reach the landmark figure.
He will be on course to record the figure despite the recent wage cut that all Juventus players have agreed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report on Forbes, Ronaldo earned $109m (£89m) last year including $65m (£53m) in salary and bonuses, making him the second-highest-paid footballer behind Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Regardless of Juventus’ pay-cut structure, Ronaldo is still estimated to earn $91m (£74m) from his wage with the Serie A leaders alongside his numerous endorsement deals.
Speaking about his commercial value, it was estimated that he earned around $975,000 per sponsored Instagram post in 2019, the most by any footballer and behind only Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner.