How 2018 World Cup Star Cristiano Ronaldo Makes — and Spends — His Money

Cristiano Ronaldo ofReal Madrid CF reactsduring the La Liga match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at San Mames Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Bilbao, Spain. (
Cristiano Ronaldo | Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

We know a lot of Americans don’t like soccer. Heck, a lot of people don’t even know what offsides is. Whether or not you’re a big soccer fan, you should know about Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s one of the greatest players who’s ever played the game. He makes a ton of money and has fun spending it, too.

The first two games of his 2018 World Cup provided plenty of highlights. He scored three goals (one of them a penalty kick) in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the first game. Then, with the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Morocco, Ronaldo notched his 85th goal in international play to become the second-leading scorer of all time. Among Europeans, he ranks No. 1 all time.

What we’re trying to say is, Ronaldo is very good at what he does and he is well-paid because of it. He’s one of the wealthiest players of his era, and he’s actually among the richest athletes of all time. So how does he make his money?

  • $61 million: When he’s not playing for Portugal on the international stage, Ronaldo suits up for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. The team pays him $61 million each season, according to CNBC.
  • $48 million: As one of the biggest sports stars in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is swimming in endorsement money. Just like the NBA superstars with the most valuable endorsement deals, he makes nearly as much money off the field as on it. He has a lifetime contract with Nike, and he endorses Tag Heuer, Herbalife, American Tourister, and video game company EA Sports among many others.
  • $109 million: When you add Ronaldo’s salary and endorsement money, he makes $109 million every year before taxes. He takes home less than that, but he still has a huge bank account.
  • $450 million: Since signing with English club Manchester United for $17.2 million when he was 16 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo has made millions of dollars every year and has an estimated ($450 million net worth.
  • $1 billion: Remember that lifetime Nike contract we mentioned a second ago? It could be worth more than $1 billion total in the end, according to Forbes.
Cristian Ronaldo in front of a private plane
Cristian Ronaldo in front of a private plane | Cristiano Ronaldo via Instagram

How Cristiano Ronaldo spends his money

When you earn more than $100 million per year and have $450 million in the bank, you can afford to spend your money on some lavish things. That’s what Cristiano Ronaldo does.

  • Cars: Ronaldo’s soccer skills hold up against anyone on the planet, and so does car collection. Just like most rich athletes, he has several insanely expensive cars. The crown jewel is a Bugatti Chiron, but he owns Bentleys, Ferraris, and Porsches, too.
  • Hotels: In June 2016, Ronaldo revealed he invested $40 million in a partnership with Portuguese hotel company. He plans to open four hotels in Portugal, Spain, and New York, according to GoBankingRates.
  • Houses: When he’s in Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo lives in an exclusive neighborhood in a villa that cost about $7.1 million, according to Forbes. And yes, it’s as luxurious as you would expect it to be.
  • Apartments: As if a gorgeous house in Madrid wasn’t enough, he paid $18.5 million for an apartment in New York, according to Business Insider.
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