The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is the latest subject of information released by those behind the Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football book.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo can reportedly demand £920,000 for half a day’s work, while his total assets are said to be worth £191 million.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is the latest subject of information included in a new book byDer Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger called Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football.
The Daily Mail reports the publication’s claim that Ronaldo was paid the staggering fee mentioned above when a Saudi telecoms firm and his image rights company, Multisports & Image Management, agreed a deal involving a photo shoot, five signed shirts and two guaranteed mentions on his social media accounts.
The Gulf firm were allowed to use the images generated within their own advertising, but only in the Middle East and north Africa.
Football Leaks also suggest that Real Madrid sought to protect Ronaldo’s standing as the most expensive player in world football when they completed a deal with Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Bale was reported to have moved to Spain for £85 million, topping the £80m Madrid paid Manchester United for CR7 in 2009.
In an effort to keep their star man happy, the Blancos are said to have stipulated within a contract that the Bale fee would be recorded within a press release as £77m.
The same paperwork does, however, reveal that Madrid paid Spurs in instalments and that the total cost was indeed £85m.
Not that this should be of any concern to Ronaldo now, with Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United setting a new benchmark.
Madrid’s 32-year-old talisman can also console himself in the knowledge that he has built up one of the biggest personal fortunes in sport.
Documents from Gestitfute, the forward’s management company, revealed late last year that Ronaldo had assets totalling £191m in 2015.