Karachi: Portuguese star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the first footballer to claim more than $1 billion in career earnings.
Ronaldo despite taking a 4 million euro pay cut at Juventus in a move to help against the impact of the coronavirus will join the elite list of sportsmen to achieve this landmark.
He will be joining golfer Tiger Woods, who hit the billion-dollar mark in 2009, and boxer Floyd Mayweather, who hit the mark in 2017.
According to Forbes, the recent pay cut will hardly effect on Ronaldo’s annual earnings. He had earned a mammoth $109 million last year. A further 30 percent wage cut might be possible with the Serie A postponed due to coronavirus pandemic but still, he can earn around $46 million annual salary.
The earnings from his sponsorships and his own brands could help take his earnings this year close to the $100 million mark again. This would help take him past the $1 billion in total earnings over an illustrious 18-year career.
It must be noted that currently all the sport is affected by the pandemic. Ronaldo is with his family in his hometown of Madeira.