An incomparable fortune, the incredible figures of Ronaldo throughout his career

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in history.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in history.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in history.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, recognized as one of the greatest athletes in history, has made a meteoric rise from his humble beginnings in football to becoming one of the wealthiest people in the world. Since his professional debut in October 2002, when he was just 17 years and 8 months old, Ronaldo has carved out a path of success and triumph that has contributed to his impressive fortune.

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When Cristiano Ronaldo, at the age of 14 in 1999, was just a promising youth in grassroots football, his bank account reflected the modesty of childhood: 0 euros. However, his talent and dedication led him to sign his first professional contract with Sporting Lisbon in 2002, where he began to see the financial fruits of his career, accumulating 100 thousand euros in his first deal.

His move to Manchester United in 2003 marked a significant milestone in his financial growth, raising his fortune to €2 million in just one year. With his continued success at Manchester United, Ronaldo saw an exponential increase in his wealth, reaching an impressive €48 million by 2006.

Global recognition came with winning the Ballon d'Or in 2008, a milestone that coincided with a substantial increase in his assets, reaching €100 million before he turned 23. His move to Real Madrid in the same year marked the beginning of an era of even more notable financial expansion, with his fortune surpassing €154 million in his first year with the Spanish club.

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The continued growth of his wealth was evidenced by impressive figures: in 2012, Ronaldo had already accumulated €268 million, a sum that eclipses the fortunes of many footballers throughout their entire careers, and he was barely 27 years old. His departure from Real Madrid in 2018 did not stop the flow of his financial growth, as by then, his net worth had reached €720 million.

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