Cristiano Ronaldo may be one short of his arch-rival Lionel Messi on the list of Ballon d’Or winners but his heavy purse transcends what fans think of the Argentine’s total net worth.
The Portuguese and Argentine are the two most powerful footies in the world with their rivalry dating back in Spain when Ronaldo’s dazzling show of champion at Real Madrid sparked off the greatest rivalry ever seen.
With eleven Ballon d’Or shared between them among several individual honours, Ronaldo and Messi rivalry is not settled on the pitch as fans want to know the worth of their beloved superstars apart from their distinctly bold outbursts.
For Ronaldo, his Juventus contract is reportedly worth 31 million Euros (approximately $34 million) a year, while Messi’s is reportedly worth €40 million per annual — but who has the biggest net worth between the two?
According to Celebrity, Ronaldo is arguably Nike’s second-biggest athlete after LeBron James with his net worth standing on a staggering figure of $460 million. The Juventus star is the only person to have the most teeming legion of following on the photo-sharing app Instagram with over 200 million followers.
Apart from his huge salaries and bonuses from the pitch, Ronaldo makes money from the sponsored posts on Instagram and his lines of merchandise from CR7 brand, among businesses in Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Messi, on the other hands, is said to be worth around £309m ($400m) as of 2020, though the figures are speculative. The Argentine became the best-paid player in La Liga in November 2017 by agreeing to a new deal to extend his stay at Barcelona until 2021.
Messi’s latest contract is reportedly worth a net £500,000 (€565,000) a week. Before signing this deal, Messi was estimated to be on around £336,000 (€397,000).