Long before his profitable move to Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo received a considerable sum of money from a Saudi Arabian corporation.
Ronaldo left European football in January 2022 to join the Saudi Professional League club Al Nassr. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker is a marketing powerhouse who has introduced football to new audiences in the Middle East.
On the pitch, he’s scored 38 goals in 44 games across all competitions, and at the age of 38, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still going strong.
When his income is broken down, Ronaldo earns £514,000 per day and £21,400 per hour. However, the fees there are far lower than what a corporation paid for its services in 2017.
The eye-opening Football Leaks book by Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger revealed information on how much it takes to hire one of the world’s most renowned persons.
According to the book, Mobily, a Saudi telecommunications corporation, signed an agreement with Ronaldo’s Irish image rights organization, Multisports & Image Management.
They would be given four and a half hours of his time, which would include a photo shoot, five signed shirts, and two plugs on his social media accounts, where he is estimated to make over £1.6 million per sponsored post.
Mobily was authorized to utilize photographs shot on the day, but the advertising was exclusively regional because the publication was only available in the Middle East and North Africa.
Ronaldo and his representatives charged the corporation a whopping £920,000 for all of the above. That’s not bad at all.
Al Nassr have 34 points from 14 games this season and presently sit on second in the Saudi Pro League table behind leaders Al Hilal.