Cristiano Ronaldo trumps Messi to become first footballer to earn $1 billion

Cristiano Ronaldo defeated Lionel Messi to become the first footballer in history to earn $ 1 billion in his playing career. He was the highest-grossing sports athlete on Instagram during the lockdown, according to a research report by Aten for the period March 12 to May 14.

She made $ 2,385,795 million with her post on the social networking site. The 35-year-old earned $ 596,448.75 for each of his four sponsored positions.

Second on that list is Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who earned $ 1,646,909.80 during the lockdown period for their four sponsored positions. Neymar, a one-time Messi teammate and current PSG star striker, is in third place with a total of $ 1,511,085.72.

Ronaldo, the most followed athlete on social media, has 222.4 million on Instagram, 85.3 million followers on Twitter and 112 million on Facebook.

At the end of last month, Ronaldo came in fourth place Forbes Celebrity 100 The list was closely followed by Messi, which earned $ 104 million during the same period. Tennis veteran Roger Federer was the top athlete on the list – grossing $ 106.3 million in total.

according to this ForbesThe Portuguese superstar and Juventus striker earned $ 105 million in the prior year before taxes and fees.

The 35-year-old striker is only the third athlete, and only the footballer, to hit the $ 1 billion mark, while still active. Golf champion Tiger Woods achieved it in 2009, while boxer Floyd Mayweather did it in 2017.

Ronaldo is the first player to reach the milestone in team sports. He has earned $ 650 million on the pitch in his 17-year career and when his current contract expires in June 2022, his earnings are expected to reach $ 765 million.

Cricket superstar Virat Kohli remains the only Indian on Forbes’ list with earnings of $ 26 million, jumping from 100 to 66th position in the 2020 standings.

Kohli earns $ 24 million from endorsement and $ 2 million from salary / win. The 31-year-old is also the only cricketer in the top-100 list.

With earnings of $ 25 million, Kohli was ranked 100th in 2019 and 24th in 2018 with $ 83 million.

Athletes’ earnings have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic due to which sports activities were suspended worldwide.

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