Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as the best soccer player in the world at the moment, and it appears as though his huge talent is reflected by a massive income.
According to Forbes [via Yahoo! News], the Real Madrid striker has made an estimated $90 million before taxes in the past 12 months alone.
This means that Cristiano Ronaldo could pay the average wage in Spain, which is believed to be around €2,019, just over $2,500, to 2,662 citizens. In fact, in just one year, he could have paid the life time income to 53 workers, assuming that they work for 50 years on average.
In the past, Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he struggles to keep up with how much money he actually earns. And when you look at these figures, it’s hardly surprising.
It also sounds as Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to get a wage increase in the near future too. The former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United player has recently admitted that he wants to sign a new contract with Real Madrid.
After being awarded the Golden Shoe for his goal-scoring antics in the 2013/2014 season, Ronaldo was asked where his future lied. And the 29-year-old admitted that he wants to finish his career with the Spanish giants.
“I hope to finish my contract with Real Madrid at 33 and after that we’ll see if they want me to stay. I feel young and still a long way off retiring. I’m very happy and in a great moment of form. Personally and in sporting terms, everything is going well. I want to win and get as many trophies as possible with this club.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was also recently forced to deny that he has an obscene nickname for Lionel Messi. Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the two best soccer players of their generation, and even though they aren’t thought to be friends they are understood to have mutual respect for one another.
Ronaldo took to Facebook to write, “This is absolutely false and I have assured my lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I have the utmost respect for all my professional colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception.”
This came after Guillem Balague revealed that Ronaldo referred to Lionel Messi as “motherf*****” when in the dressing room with his Real Madrid colleagues. This is from the Spanish’s journalist’s upcoming book on the Argentinian striker, entitled MESSI, excerpts of which are currently being released on the Telegraph website.
“According to some Real Madrid players, CR7 has a nickname for him: ‘motherf—-r’; and if he sees someone from the club speaking to Leo, he also ends up being baptised ‘motherf—-r’.”
[Image via Telegraph]