Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a pay cut to help ease the financial burden on Juventus during the coronavirus pandemic.
Even so, despite foregoing a chunk of salaried earnings that could rise to $20m, it's forecasted that the 35-year-old Portuguese superstar will become only the third active athlete to break a billion dollars in career earnings. He's expected to do so before the end of the current 2019/20 season.
Ronaldo's highly marketable global appeal means that endorsements stream in to supplement his salary. Forbes estimates that Cristiano will earn around $45m in endorsements from Nike and his own stable of products including underwear, cologne and footwear. CR7 is also the most-followed individual on Instagram meaning that he can charge premium partnership rates.
Ronaldo's annual Juventus salary is believed to be just over $66m and if reports of a 30% pay cut are true, that would mean that his earnings would drop to around $46m.
If these combined conservative figures are correct, Ronaldo would join some elite company in the sports world at the end of the current campaign. Tiger Woods became a dollar billionaire from career earnings back in 2009, and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. hit the $1b mark back in 2017.