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day after signing a bumper fresh contract with Real Madrid, Cristiano
Ronaldo has boosted his mind-boggling earnings with a new deal with
Nike, the American sports giant said on Tuesday.
Together the multimillion mega-deals are expected to cement Ronaldo's
status as the world's highest-paid sportsman, ahead of great Barcelona
rival Lionel Messi.
According to American magazine Forbes, Ronaldo trumped Messi in 2016
with an income of €80 million.
There are no concrete figures, but Ronaldo's new five-year contract
with Real is expected to net the 31-year-old Portuguese forward in the
region of a basic salary of €25 million a year.
He could also bag up to €40 million a year for the Nike deal, according to Marca.
Marca and AS, the Spanish sports dailies, said the Nike deal is for
life, rather like the one between Nike and basketball legend Michael
"I have a great relationship with this brand, I have great friends
here in the company," Ronaldo said in a Nike press release announcing a
"new, long-term contract".
"We work as a family too," he added.
"This is my brand."
Ronaldo on Monday signalled his intention to keep playing for 10 more years after rounding off a "dream year".
The three-time World Player of the Year has enjoyed his most
successful year at a collective level, scoring the winning penalty as
Madrid won the Champions League for an 11th time in May before
captaining Portugal to their first major tournament win at Euro 2016.