Cristiano Ronaldo is looking good to become the third man in sports history to earn $1billion despite the current recession.
The Juventus star accepted a pay cut with the Serie A champions worth £3.5m owing to the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
But his juicy endorsement deals still keeps him in line to hit the £1bn mark after golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather in the 2019-20 season.
1. Floyd Mayweather 🤯
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – $800 million ⚽️
6. Tiger Woods – $615 million 🏌️♂️
Mayweather only fought once after 2015, but the boxer made crazy, crazy money this decade! 😅 https://t.co/dS3gsaK3d0
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) December 24, 2019
The 35-year-old is one of the highest-earning sports star as well as the most marketable individual in all of sports.
He raked in £88m in 2019 through his £500,000-per-week wages at Juventus, his huge endorsement with Nike and his CR7 brand of underwear.
Only his fiercest rival Lionel Messi gulped in more money (£103) from the sports brand Nike in the entire world.
The likes of NFL star Aaron Rodgers, NBA legend LeBron James and tennis superstar Roger Federer earned below Ronaldo and Messi in 2019.
And with the way things are going for Ronaldo, he is expected to hit the $1bn mark before the end of the current campaign.
The Portugal international will be the first football star to earn the magic $1bn with golf and boxing the only other sports to see an individual reach that figure.
According to Forbes claim Ronaldo has already donated around £1.5m to help fight the deadly coronavirus.