Cristiano Ronaldo net worth and salary: Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional soccer player who has a net worth of $280 million. Every year Cristiano Ronaldo earns earns a base salary of $40 million. Off the field he earns an additional $40 million from endorsements. Cristiano was born on February 5th, 1985 in Funchal Madeira, Portugal. His father José Dinis Aveiro was a gardener and his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro was a cook. The second name of Ronaldo was given to him because of his father's favorite actor, Ronald Reagan. Ronaldo has three other siblings.
He began playing soccer at the age of eight with Andorinha. In 1995, he signed with Nacional. He would take them to the championships. Next he signed with the Sporting Club de Portugal. He made a huge splash in his Sporting debut when he scored not, one but two goals. At the age of 15 he was diagnosed with a racing heart which almost forced him to stop playing soccer forever. After a successful surgery he was able to put his playing career back on track. In the summer of 2003, Manchester United manager, Alex Furguson saw Cristiano play and was impressed by the young player's skills.
Ronaldo was the first Portuguese player to ever sign with Manchester United. He agreed to a one year contract of $12.24 million for the 2002-2003 seasons. The team decided to roll out Ronaldo's talent slowly. He would usually play late in the game when the team was assured victory. He scored his first goal with a free kick on November 1st, 2003. After that his skills on the soccer field began to shine. In 2005 fans voted him FIFpro special young player of the year and very quickly, Ronaldo became the team's star. In 2007 he signed a five year $31 million extension with Man United which would pay him roughly $120,000 per week. This contract made him the highest paid member in the team's history. He ended the 2007 season with a slew of awards including the PFA Player's Player of the year and PFA fan's player of the year. The 2008 season started off rocky with Ronaldo head butting an opponent. This resulted in him being banned from three matches. Once allowed back on the field Ronaldo proved to be a huge player for United. On March 19th, 2008 he was named team captain. As captain he would go on to lead the team the Champions League finals, where they beat Chelsea. On June 26th, 2009 it was announced that Ronaldo would be leaving Manchester United to play for Real Madrid. His new contract was worth $150 million and paid Ronaldo $25 million per year in salary. He made his debut with Real Madrid in July of that year and continues to play for them to this day. In addition to his time with United and Real Madrid, he also plays for the Portuguese National squad in he World Cup and other national tournaments.