Probably there is no person today, even far from sports, who would not hear the names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Over the years, the two stars of modern football have created a lot of memorable moments for a lifetime that will remain in the hearts of fans for a long time.
These two personalities diversified the football game, made it more colorful and interesting. They have become role models for millions of boys around the world, and today they are, without exaggeration, two of the best players in football. But which of them has done better in life? Topfootballbettingsites.co.uk accepts bets on which of the two football stars lives richer? Who would you bet on? Let’s figure it out.
How much do Messi and Ronaldo earn from their contracts?
According to Forbes, Messi’s total annual pre-tax income exceeds 120 million euros. The club directly pays him 90 million euros a year, half of which goes to taxes. Thus, after taxes, Messi earns 866 thousand euros per week under a basic contract with the club.
The Portuguese star receives in Juventus one and a half times less net: 31 million euros a year, but advertising brings in much more: 44 million euros a year (all data – Forbes). At the club, after taxes, Cristiano earns 600 thousand euros a week.
Who has a more luxurious house?
Messi is a family man, so the famous striker was looking for a mansion that would be spacious, cozy, and comfortable for everyone. He did not immediately find the location for elite housing, and in the end, he settled in Bella Mar, just 12 km from Barcelona. Villas here usually sell for an average price of 5 million euros, or even more.
Ronaldo owns several properties at once. After moving to Juventus, he bought housing in Turin. According to some reports, his house is located on the hills of Gran Madre di Dio, which is practically in the center of the city. One of the reasons for buying this particular house could be its similarity to the previous place of residence in Madrid. The total area of his domain is about 800 square meters. This plot contains the villa itself, a workers’ house, a hefty garden, a gym, and a swimming pool.
How good of these football stars are in business?
The rivalry between the two football stars takes place not only on the football field but in business. A few years ago, Ronaldo bought a hotel in Monte Carlo for 140 million euros. The Portuguese player opened his first hotel back in 2016 in his hometown of Funchal on the island of Madeira, not far from his own museum, where his awards are exhibited and personalized souvenirs are sold. His personal hotel chain, CR7, already has offices in New York, Madrid and Lisbon.
Messi is also investing in the hotel business. About three years ago, he bought a 77-room 4-star hotel in the municipality of Sitges near Barcelona. This hotel was named MiM, and the average price of a room in it is 300 euros. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the hotel brought the owner about 25 million euros a year.
Cristiano’s personal brand
Ronaldo is actively developing his own brand, under which he produces a variety of goods. For example, back in 2015, the Portuguese released the CR7 cologne and a line of men’s hygiene products that are very popular. And if one bottle of eau de toilette costs about $ 30, you can imagine how much the forward earns on it. He also invested in a collection of men’s underwear and watches, which also brings him substantial income.
Figures and facts show that Ronaldo knows how to manage finances as well as the ball on the field. We have seen many examples where less money literally drives football players crazy. The Portuguese, due to the highest professionalism, avoided this. With such incomes, it is all the more surprising that at 35, the Juventus forward still finds motivation to be the best at what he loves.