The Luxurious Life of Real Madrid’s Star Player Cristiano Ronaldo
The most marketable footballer in the world is still David Beckham, but not far behind is the very famous Cristiano Ronaldo. Because of said quality, Cristiano has acquired several huge endorsement deals – think big companies as well as big takings for Cristiano. Add this to one of the most expensive contracts in sports history and you get an athlete who made it twice to the highest spot on the Forbes list of the top earning athletes in the world. The Portuguese footballer cannot help but give fans a peek into his luxurious lifestyle through his Instagram account, which currently boasts of 275 million followers. This achievement in social media popularity is a feat in itself and sets Cristiano’s place as the most popular and most trending athlete in the world. Shall we say, move over, David Beckham – someone has taken your place?
Cristiano’s Humble Beginnings
If there is one person that Cristiano would point out as the greatest influence in his football career that would be his father, José Dinis Aveiro, a gardener and also works on the side as a kit man for the football team, CF Andorinha. As a young child, the famous footballer, born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, played on the streets of Madeira. It was here in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal where Cristiano was born, raised, and played football early in life. Cristiano, now referred to as ‘El Comandante’, was raised in a small, modest home near the ocean that belonged to a working class neighborhood. It’s been said that their house was so small that the three siblings shared one bedroom.
A Great Influence in his Football Career
In his own words, Cristiano narrated that his father kept encouraging him to stop playing on the streets and play for the youth team of CF Andorinha instead. He did so to make his father proud, and he did. His father would become his greatest fan, watching all of his game from the sidelines. The footballer even said he considered his father his first promoter, because he kept encouraging his mother and sister to watch the game with him. The two were not very interested in football nor keen to watch a game played by Cristiano. José Aveiro eventually was able to make the Aveiro women watch the game, and Cristiano said it was one of the most memorable moments he had on field, finally seeing his mother and sister on the stand, watching him play.
Only 16 years old, Cristiano became the youngest player to graduate from the youth team and play with professional adult footballers. During the same time he set another record when the Manchester team signed him for $14 million – quite a deal especially considering his young age. While playing for Manchester, Cristiano helped the team win the 2004 FA Cup championship and set a franchise record of having the highest numbers of goals scored. He left the team to play for Real Madrid, establishing a new record of amount paid to acquire a footballer – a whopping $131 million! Cristiano may not be the most likeable among his colleagues, but he is most definitely the best. His achievements include – the first player to score more than 50 goals every playing season, he won the Ballon d’Or award for four consecutive years, he is the current all-time leading football scorer, and he has won 3 Premier league titles (Champions League, La Liga, European Championship).
From Humble to Luxury
Cristiano’s current net worth is estimated to be at $400 million. When Forbes ranked him as 2017’s top earning athlete, they reported his 2017 earnings alone to have reached $93 million. His contract with his current team is set to pay him $50 million annually for four consecutive years. Another win he got for 2017 was a lifetime deal with Nike that is rumored to reach around $1 billion. It’s not surprising that he has a lavish house in Madrid worth $6.8 million, the insides of which he shares with his followers on social media. He shares the expensive home with his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, a Spanish model, and their two children, plus Cristiano’s eldest son from a previous relationship, Cristiano, Jr. Apparently he has his own chef at home that cooks the family meals. With millions in his bank account, it’s not shocking to know that the footballer has a collection of 19 expensive cars. Included in his collection are a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, a Bentley GT Speed, an Aston Martin DB9, and an Audi R8.
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