One of the most recognizable and successful professional athletes on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo also boasts a net worth that goes hand-in-hand with his career success.
Widely seen as one of the best soccer players of all time, Ronaldo has broken records on both an individual and team level. Even today, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
But just who is Cristiano Ronaldo? What is his net worth? Here’s everything you need to know about who Cristiano Ronaldo is, his age, net worth, how he makes his money and who his family is.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player who currently plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid as well as the Portuguese national team. Alongside Lionel Messi, he’s widely seen as the best soccer player in the world today.
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He was a natural athlete in his youth and signed with Sporting CP at just 12 years old. He gave up his education at age 14 to begin playing semi-professionally, but a racing heart condition almost forced him to give up playing soccer. After undergoing surgery, he continued his training and made his Primeira Liga debut in 2002. His talent soon came to the attention of Manchester United, who signed him for a record transfer fee in 2003 when he was just 16 years old.
Ronaldo immediately made a huge impact with Manchester United, helping the famed club win a FIFA Club World Cup, a UEFA Champions League title and three Premier League titles.
He then signed with Real Madrid in 2009 and continued his phenomenal success there, helping the club win 14 trophies, including three FIFA World Club Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three Champions League titles. He has also served as captain of the Portuguese national soccer team since 2006, most recently leading the team to an appearance at the 2014 World Cup.
Ronaldo also claims five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes. He also reigns as the all-time leading scorer for both Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ronaldo’s net worth is valued at approximately $400 million (£285.8 million).
Ronaldo draw the bulk of his wealth from his professional soccer contracts. He signed a record $12.2 million (£8.7 million) contract for one year to play for Manchester United in 2003 before signing a $31 million (£22.1 million) extension in 2007. In 2009, he made international news after signing with Real Madrid for a record $150 million (£107.2 million) contract.
Like many professional athletes around the world, Ronaldo also earns millions from various endorsement and sponsorship deals, specifically with Nike, Tag Heuer and Herbalife among others.
According to Forbes, Ronaldo ranks as the world’s highest paid soccer player with $93 million (£66.4 million) in earnings in 2017.
His perceived career rival, Lionel Messi, ranks as second with about $80 million (£57.1 million) in earnings.
Although Ronaldo isn’t married, he’s currently dating Spanish model and dancer Georgia Rodriguez. The two began dating in late 2016.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez have one daughter, Alana Martinez, born on November 12, 2017. Ronaldo also has one son, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jr., born on June 17, 2010 in San Diego to an American woman who has chosen to remain anonymous. He also has twins, Mateo and Eva Maria, born on June 8, 2017 to an anonymous surrogate mother in California.