Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Guinness World Record Title for Highest Paid Athlete in 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Guinness World Record Title for Highest Paid Athlete in 2023

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at July 15, 2023 at 10:20 AM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo keeps breaking records
  • The Al-Nassr striker has bagged the Guinness World Record title for the highest-paid athlete in 2023
  • The Portugal international made a ground-breaking move to Saudi Arabia earlier this year

Cristiano Ronaldo has been breaking records for years, and even at 38, he is still breaking records even as he enters the twilight of his career.

The Al-Nassr striker has earned another Guinness World Records title for the highest earnings for an athlete in 2023.

Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, Kylian Mbappe, Guinness World Records
Cristiano Ronaldo is honoured with a certificate of the Guinness World Records. Photo by Halldor KOLBEINS.
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The 38-year-old reportedly made a staggering $136 million in the 12 months leading up to May 1, 2023. This is the first time the Portugal legend is topping the list.

He has dislodged his long-time rival, Lionel Messi. The 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2022, with estimated earnings of $130 million, according to the Guinness World Records.

Ronaldo, who recently made a blockbuster move to Saudi Arabia, made $46 million on the pitch and $90 million off the pitch. The off-field earnings include sponsorship deals, appearance fees, memorabilia, and endorsements.

Kylian Mbappe came third with $120 million. NBA superstar LeBron James was fourth with an estimated earnings of $119 million, while boxer Canelo Alvarez was the highest earner in boxing with $110 million.

Moreover, stars Serena Williams and Roger Federer were the highest-earning tennis players despite retiring in 2022. Federer earned a total of $95.1 million, while Williams earned $45.3 million.

Ronaldo's Guinness World Record

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar holds a few records that may never be broken. He has the most international goals (123) in 200 appearances. No player has scored more Champions League goals(140) than Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is also the oldest player to score a hat trick at the World Cup, aged 33 years and 130 days, per Transfermarkt.

No one has more Instagram followers on Instagram than Ronaldo. The 38-year-old has 596 followers on the social media app.

Garnacho flaunts CR7 underwear

Sports Brief earlier reported on Alejandro Garnacho wearing Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 underwear during Manchester United's FA Cup win over Everton in January.

Garnacho was a second-half substitute in the 3-1 victory over the struggling Toffees, replacing Anthony Martial in the 71st minute.

He sported a pair of CR7-branded underwear - while lifting his shirt and pulling his shorts up, the branding of the pants was visible.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.