Cristiano Ronaldo might have agreed to a massive pay cut of £3.45 million at Juventus but that won’t halt his progress towards becoming football’s first ever billion-dollar man. Ronaldo and his fellow Juventus teammates will be taking pay cut which in turn will reportedly help the Italian club save around £100m from March till May. Also Read - 196 Doctors Lose Battle to COVID: IMA Writes to PM Modi Seeking Adequate Care For Medicos & Their Families
Ronaldo’s earnings aren’t limited to his lucrative deal with Juventus. His several off-field ventures will keep his cash register ringing meaning his career earnings will likely touch billion dollars this year. Also Read - Grim Milestone: Maharashtra's COVID Caseload Surpasses 5-lakh Mark With Highest Single-day Spike of 12822 Infections
According to Forbes, Ronaldo earned $109 million last year with his wage accounting for around $65 million including bonuses. Also Read - Sanjay Dutt Hospitalised in Mumbai Due to Breathlessness, Has Been Tested Negative For COVID-19
He added £36m a year to his income from endorsements including deals with sportswear giant Nike, his underwear brand among several other products.
Overall, Ronaldo will become the third ever sportsperson to touch the billion-dollar mark after boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and golfer Tiger Woods.
The 35-year-old is though football’s third-highest paid player after Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.
With the footballing world coming to a halt, clubs are looking at ways to minimise the financial impact this forced-break will have on their earnings. Apart from Juventus, Spanish giant FC Barcelona have also announced their players have agreed to 70 percent deduction in wages so as to help the club pay wages to its non-playing staff.
The five-time player of the year has already donated $1.8 million to hospitals in his native Portugal in their battle against coronavirus pandemic.
There were reports claiming Ronaldo has bought an island for self-isolation and that he’s converting his hotels in Portugal into hospitals – both claims have been denied by his representatives.