The second half of 2021 was a roller-coaster ride for football fans. Two of the greatest players of all time have decided to switch clubs. While Lionel Messi left Barcelona, a club for which he has been playing since the age of 13, Cristiano Ronaldo announced his return to Manchester United. Ronaldo, five-time Ballon d’Or recipient. Left Juventus after three years to make a sensational return to Old Trafford. However, this change came with a slight drop in Ronaldo’s earnings. Nevertheless, despite the pay cut, he is still the highest paid footballer in the Premier League.
Let’s take a look at how much the Manchester United star player earns.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Ronaldo has signed a deal for 20 million euros per year, which is roughly equivalent to Rs 172 crore. That is, Ronaldo earns around Rs 3.3 crore every week.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes reportedly settled for a reduction in player pay to allow a smooth transition before the transfer window deadline. According to reports, Ronaldo used to earn around Rs 4.3 crore every week at Juventus.
The pay cut looks substantial, but it doesn’t affect the player. Ronaldo’s net worth is believed to be around Rs 3,684 crore. This includes various brand endorsements. For example, Ronaldo has signed a lifetime deal with Nike that pays him an estimated annual salary of Rs 147 crore.
According to Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes in 2021, Ronaldo is placed at the third position behind Conor McGregor and Lionel Messi. Before Ronaldo rejoined United, the club’s highest-paid player was goalkeeper David de Gea.
Ronaldo made a memorable comeback in England when he scored two goals in his first game against Newcastle United. The Portuguese striker will look to end the title drought at Manchester United and bring back the glory days at Old Trafford.