Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a massive pay cut to reunite with the Red Devils
Has Cristiano Ronaldo taken a pay cut to join his old club? Let’s find out
Cristiano Ronaldo completed an unbelievable return to former club Manchester United this summer in one of the most eventful moves of the transfer window. Rumors of Cristiano joining United’s fierce rival Manchester City were in full flow until it was made clear by City’s coach that they were not going for the Portuguese striker in the transfer window. The striker left Juventus after three years to be reunited with the Old Trafford side, which he left in 2009 for Real Madrid. Ronaldo has taken a slight pay cut to join the Red Devils, so how much does he earn now?
Initial reports suggested that the former Juventus man was to earn a whopping £480,000 per week at Old Trafford, but as per the latest reports, the figure is now closer to £385,000 a week. Ronaldo is now the highest-paid player at Man Utd ahead of goalkeeper David De Gea. He agreed to take a £6 million pay cut to join Man United after leaving Juventus, where he made £500,000 per week. The deal that took Ronaldo back to Old Trafford was for an initial £13 million with add-ons of up to £7m (€8m/$9m). Ronaldo has a net worth of around $500m (£363m), which he has earned through his wages, salary, endorsements, and sponsorship deals.It is estimated that his net worth is slightly higher than that of his long-time rival Lionel Messi, although the former Barca man has been the recipient of more lucrative contracts at his new club.
Ronaldo was ranked third on Forbes' 2021 list of the highest-paid athletes in the world, with combined earnings of $120m, $50m of which was accumulated through business off the pitch. He is currently the highest-paid player at both Manchester United and in the Premier League. According to reports, he is followed by Man City’s talisman Kevin De Bruyne who is on a reported salary of £380,000 per week.
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