Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the most famous and successful football players in the world. Both of them are members of an exclusive sporting club where only billionaires gain entry.
Ronaldo became the first billionaire football player in 2019, earning £85 million. In 2020, Messi joined him on the list after earning £98 million from his salary and endorsements.
This article examines the wealth of other sporting stars who have become billionaires, including basketball players Michael Jordan and LeBron James and golfer Tiger Woods.
Messi’s wealth comes from his salary at Barcelona, sponsorship deals with companies such as Adidas and Pepsi, image rights, and bonuses.
He has a £5.5 million house and also owns hotels. He recently moved to PSG, where he earns almost £800,000 per week.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has earned over £500 million from wages alone during his career. He is a sponsor’s dream, with his own line of underwear, and has a strict diet and brutal training regime.
He also has a £16 million car collection and owns properties. Overall, this article explores the lavish lifestyles of sporting stars who have earned over a billion dollars in their careers.