Cristiano Ronaldo: The World’s Most Valuable Athlete

Cristiano Ronaldo is an athlete who has achieved phenomenal success in the international sports world. On February 5, 1985, he was born in Funchal, Portugal. He has many nicknames, including “O Fenómeno” (The Phenomenon) and “CR7”. His career spans two decades, and he has won a variety of accolades which includes five Ballons d’Or (other than Lionel Messi, no other player has more than four), three FIFA World Player of the Year titles, four European Golden Shoes, two La Liga title, five UEFA Champions League title, two Serie A title, three EPL titles, one UEFA Euro 2016 title, 115 official goals for Portugal (the most for a European player), 451 club goals for Real Madrid (the most by any player in the club’s history), and 140 UCL goals ( the most by any player in the competition’s history)

Challenges and Achievements

Ronaldo has had a great career, and he has been successful in many aspects. He’s a major player for his national team, a significant player for the most powerful club globally, and a significant player for the best league in the world. He is also one of the best-known athletes on the planet.

Even though he’s done so well, Ronaldo has faced some challenges throughout his playing career. One example is when he was accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga in 2009. Ronaldo did not stand trial, but he made an out-of-court settlement with her until she brought up her accusations again.  Another challenge Ronaldo has faced is that Real Madrid’s team didn’t get far at UCL 2012, where he missed a crucial penalty played later; he promised Madrid fans that he would take them to the UCL Finals, and in the next five years, he won four UCL. Ronaldo has experienced much success despite these challenges.

The World’s Most Valuable Athlete

Ronaldo’s accomplishments extend to the world of business. He owns CR7 underwear, cologne, and other clothing items. He has an exclusive contract with Nike, reportedly worth $1 billion.

So how much is Ronaldo worth? Forbes Magazine has estimated that he’s worth $500 million.

He has played for four clubs, Real Madrid, Juventus, Sporting CP, Manchester United. When he joined Juventus, he broke the record of most jersey sales in 24 hours again in 2021, he broke the paper when he rejoined Manchester United.

He is the most followed person on Instagram 400M; he is the highest-earning sportsperson charging around $1.6M from each sponsored post.

What makes CR7 so valuable?

Several factors have contributed to Ronaldo’s success, but his consistency makes him valuable. He has been ranked among the world’s top three players in over a decade, and he has consistently scored goals in major competitions. He began his professional career at age 18 with Sporting CP before being transferred to Manchester United at age 20. His club career includes six years with Manchester United, nine years with Real Madrid, three years with Juventus and now again with Man United. He played at Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup as an international footballer. As part of Portugal’s national team, Ronaldo finished third in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and won Euro 2016.