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Cristiano Ronaldo's Stunning €162 Million Nike Deal Includes €4 Million Ballon d'Or Bonus

Cristiano Ronaldo's Stunning €162 Million Nike Deal Includes €4 Million Ballon d'Or Bonus

No wonder the Portuguese superstar is desperate to win individual awards...

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible Nike deal sees him receive a whopping €162 million over 10 years and it also includes some hefty bonuses for the Portuguese superstar.

As noted in the new set of 'Football Leaks', once again published by Der Spiegel, Ronaldo signed a 10-year deal with the American sportswear giant in 2016 and is entitled to collect a basic salary of €16.2 million (£14.8 million) per year "as long as he plays for a Category A club".

But the 34-year old also gets €4 million for any individual award he wins, which makes it all the more understandable as to why Ronaldo is so desperate to win.

He won the two main individual prizes in football, the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's The Best award, in 2016 and 2017, making a further €20.2m (£18.3m) in bonuses for those two years.

Nike responded to the story, saying "We do not comment on athlete contracts."

Ronaldo, who came in at sixth on Forbes' list of the top 100 highest-paid celebrities in 2019, boasts the most lucrative contract a footballer has with Nike.

But it's NBA star LeBron James who has the biggest in sports as in 2015 he signed a ridiculous "lifetime endorsement" deal that will see him earn more than $1 billion by the time he's 64.

Ronaldo is also making his money through dodgy TV adverts and various other ventures, having branched out with gyms, footwear, underwear, blankets, hotels a hair transplant clinic, his own CR7 fragrance and a CR7 selfie app.

As a Saudi telecoms firm found out in 2013, Ronaldo also costs an eye watering amount to hire.

The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football book reveals that Mobily struck a deal with Ronaldo's Irish image rights company, Multisports & Image Management, whereby they would get four-and-a-half hours of his time.

The service consisted of a photo-shoot, five signed shirts and two plugs across his social media channels and for all of the above, Ronaldo and his representatives charged the company a massive £920,000.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Ballon d'Or, Juventus, Nike, Cristiano Ronaldo