According to Goal.com, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new lucrative contract with Real Madrid in November of 2016 but is not expected to have pocketed a substantial increase to his existing £365,000-a-week terms. The new deal runs until 2021.
The Portugal captain is the highest-paid athlete in the world and earns slightly more than his team-mate Gareth Bale in terms of weekly salary, who most sources rank second. Lionel Messi who is now the highest paid soccer player in Europe collects £500,000-a-week before tax.
The only two footballers paid more than Ronaldo both play in Eurpoe and signed their deals this year. Neymar jnr. is on a reported £475,000 a week at Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Oscar is paid £400,000 a week by Shanghai SIPG.
When Ronaldo’s tax affairs were questioned late last year, his management company published documents demonstrating earnings of just under £20 million inside Spain. That lines up with the speculated £365,000 weekly wage, which totals at nearly £19m over 12 months.