How Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest-paid sports star, spends his millions


Compiled By Nsiiro Jacob

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the highest-paid athlete of any sport. With a Real Madrid salary in the tens of millions and some of the biggest endorsement deals in football, he has a ludicrous amount of cash to burn. Find out how he earns his money and what he spends all that cash on below. Ronaldo earned $88 million (£61 million) in the last 12 months according to Forbes, making him the highest-paid sports star in the world.

More than a third of that ($32 million/£22 million) was from endorsement deals with companies like Tag Heuer and Nike. In fact, he rakes in over $13 million (£9 million) from his Nike deal alone. CR7 trainers. Available only in Europe exclusively through the Nike Football App. #nikefree He also has deals with companies like Herbalife, Castrol, Samsung, and KFC The sponsorship deals are on top of his mega-contract with Real Madrid, which pays him $50 million (£35 million) a year in salary and bonuses If he ever leaves Madrid, the team that buys him will have to pay the club $1 BILLION (£690.5 million) in a buy-out So what does he spend his money on? One of Ronaldo’s biggest hobbies is cars.

He drives a $300,000 (£207,000) Lamborghini Aventador, along with his Maserati He also reportedly owns a Bentley, a Porsche, and a Mercedes, among others. He’s not always careful with them, though. In 2009 he crashed a $320,000 (£221,000) Ferrari in Manchester, where he used to play. He lives in a $7.1 million (£5 million) villa in La Finca — an exclusive community in Madrid built by architect Joaquin Torres.

Speaking of property, in 2015 he reportedly dropped $18.5 million (£13 million) on an apartment in Manhattan’s Trump Towers He’s also been spotted wearing a $160,000 Jacob and Co. watch — a perk of having an endorsement deal with the company He has modeled for Armani, and has an underwear line coming out with designer Richard Chai There’s also his charity work, including a donation of $165,000 (£114,000) to a Portuguese cancer centre and $83,000 (£57,000) to fund a 10-year-old fan’s brain surgery.