The Portuguese football sensation and five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 37th birthday on February 5, 2022. During his illustrious career, Ronaldo has scored a total of 803 goals for the club and country. He is one of the few players who has played more than 1,100 games. Ronaldo, who is currently a Manchester United forward, will look to increase his goals tally before finally hanging up his boots.
Last year, Ronaldo broke the long-standing international goal scoring record held by the Iranian legend Ali Daei (109 goals). Cristiano surpassed the legendary footballer and now has 115 goals in 184 appearances for Portugal.
The star forward is the first player in history to score at least 20 goals in 12 consecutive seasons, and he also holds the record for most goals per season on average. From 2011 to 2014, Ronaldo averaged more than 60 goals for club and country each year.
Throughout his 19-year-old career, he has signed and endorsed numerous brands. Let’s take a look at Manchester United’s number 7’s endorsements, net worth, investments, and charitable contributions.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of a few players who has signed a $1 billion lifetime contract with Nike.
Altice, an American cable television provider/multiple system operator, has been a partner of Ronaldo since 2015. The contract was most recently renewed in 2019.
Herbalife, the global nutrition company, first collaborated with Ronaldo in 2013, when it launched a co-branded sports drink called ‘Herbalife24 CR7 Drive.’ Since then, Ronaldo has also served as the brand’s ambassador. The contract was later extended for three years in 2018.
Not to forget MTG and Egyptian Steel, through which Ronaldo as a brand ambassador, makes approximately 45 million dollars (39 million euros) per year.
In the year 2020, Free Fire signed a contract with Cristiano Ronaldo. Free Fire is a battle royale game published by Garena and developed by 111 Dots Studio. The game, which is available on both Android and iOS devices, was the most downloaded game in 2019.
Ronaldo became an ambassador for Clear Shampoo in 2014, and since then, he has been featured in various advertisements for the brand that have appeared in various media outlets.
Along with this, Ronaldo has represented a wide range of high-profile brands throughout his career, including Armani, Unilever, American Tourister, LiveScore, 7EGEND, Insparya, and CR7 Fitness.
According to Forbes, Ronaldo was ranked third among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2021. Ronaldo, a five-time FIFA player of the year is the first active team-sport athlete to earn more than $1 billion in career earnings in 2020.
Aside from his lifetime contract with Nike, Ronaldo makes money off the field through his CR7-branded clothing, accessories, hotels, and gyms.
Last year, Ronaldo paid £6.5 million for the most expensive flat ever sold in Lisbon, which included a gym and an indoor swimming pool. According to Portuguese media, the footballer has also spent more than £7 million on a large plot of land in Quinta da Marinha on the so-called Portuguese Riviera.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $490 million (3614 Crore INR) as of 2022, making him one of the world’s wealthiest athletes.
Ronaldo has diversified his investments and has made significant investments in the hair transplant industry. CR7 Underwear, Denim, and the unusual market of blankets are among the clothing companies that the Portuguese forward markets.
Cristiano has also made investments in hotels around the world. The Pestana CR7 Hotel on Madrid’s Gran Via has 168 rooms spread across 10 floors, as well as a gym, training programmes, and other sports activities.
Ronaldo also has 14 million euros invested in variable capital investment companies, as well as some multinational corporations such as Apple and Volkswagen.
He has also decided to invest capital by purchasing an aviation company that specialises in aircraft rental.
Cristiano Ronaldo donates to organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, AIDS Still Required, World Vision etc.
The legend also auctioned off his 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy in October 2017 to raise nearly £600,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Since 2011, when his Portuguese teammate Carlos Martins’ son was diagnosed with leukaemia, he has been a regular blood donor. In addition, he is a registered bone marrow donor.