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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first footballer to turn into a billionaire.

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During his career, Cristiano Ronaldo became the main footballer in history to turn into a billionaire.

According to Forbes, the Juventus star in the last year made $105 million (£83 million) preceding tax, putting its overall value over the mark of $1 billion ( £ 789 million).

The magazine, behind tennis legend Roger Federer, rapper Kanye West, and Kylie Jenner, has named the 35-year-old attacker the fourth-most elevated earning superstar in 2020.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, who Forbes said last year won $104 m ( £ 82 m), came in fourth, while Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar came in seventh with $95.5 m ( £ 75 m).

Ronaldo is just the third athlete ever to accumulate such wealth after the golf symbol Tiger Woods and previous fighter Floyd Mayweather and the first to do as such in a team sport.

International Portugal is said to have earned $650 m ( £ 513 m) in wages over his 17 years as a professional athlete, with the rest originating from supports. Since 2016, he has been attached to a lucrative lifetime deal with Nike and is attached to several other huge name brands.

The five-time victor of the Ballon d’Or is also fabricating a business realm in his old neighborhood of Funchal in Madeira, with his fashion and way of life brand, lodging chain, and the CR7 exhibition hall.

The coronavirus pandemic hit his earnings in 2020, as his salary fell after the Juventus squad agreed to take a 30 percent pay cut.

Although the current year’s salary for Messi has been drastically decreased by 70 percent because of the emergency, Forbes predicts that the Argentine sensation will join his eternal rival in the following year’s Millionaire’s club.

Series A will return in the not so distant future, having been on hiatus since March, with Juve facing an outing back to Bologna on their first game on June 22. At that point, four days later, they have Lecce.

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