The name Ronaldo is practically the biggest single name in football. This is because at least two great players that have done massive things in life answer the name. Ronaldo Nazario Delima is the first of the two Ronaldo that answers the name and he is a known world superstar in football. There are some things that are however not known about Ronaldo Nazario’s net worth.
Many fans know Ronaldo basically as a player born in September 1976 and played for Brazil national team and several top clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and a host of many other clubs which also include Inter Milan and he won several awards in those clubs.
He is also known for the fact that he won three Ballon d’Or awards during his playing time from the ‘90s to early 2000. He was way more than that. He was someone defenders dread playing against. He was someone that can be relied on in front of the goal.
He was a player that could carry the responsibility of his team on his shoulders and ensure they excel excellently well. He was the real superstar fans want. These were known over the years he played and he became a threat to every team playing against him even in the twilight of his career.
His goal against Ghana in the 2006 world cup in the round of 16 will be remembered as one of the exquisite goals in that game.
Ronaldo was a beast in front of the goal. His dribbling skills and the pace is out of this world. He was a joy to watch during his playing days. After he stopped playing only a few followed his success story which was where he made more money that boosts his net worth.
The name he has made for himself while playing got him several deals, many known to the public, others that are low profile but contributed to Ronaldo Nazario’s net worth.
These deals were always there while he was playing hut the way his team was able to still command great endorsement deals after his playing days is something current players have a lot to learn.
How footballing career influences Ronaldo Nazario net worth
Ronaldo Nazario’s net worth is estimated to be $150 million and this is gotten from his playing days and the several businesses that he runs. In 1996, Ronaldo signed a life-changing deal with Nike that changed everything for him.
He signed a 10-year shoe deal and another lifetime deal with the top sports brand worth $180 million. These deals were signed at the peak of his career.
After he was taken to the 1994 world cup and many have seen the youngster that he could become the next world beater and how he has played from ’94 till ’96, it was inevitable for teams to try and have a deal with him.
This brought about a partnership with several brands across the world. The major ones are always very massive and they changed his fortune massively. It has to be stated that during this period, Ronaldo played for his national team and scored a total of 62 goals in 98 games for the Selecao.
He has made his name known in European football after moving from PSV Eindhoven to Barcelona in 1996. He was a beast everywhere he played from Barcelona to Inter Milan or Real Madrid as he scored great goals across those clubs and the fans at each of these clubs have great memories about him. Then the deals started coming in droves.
This deal played a massive role in how he acquired his wealth as it was a massive boost ahead of his peers. He had a special pot designed for him in the 1998 World Cup, the Nike Mercurial R9. This was a boot that sold far and wide for Nike and was a good marketing tool for the company and the relationship between both brands continue to grow and they had several other shoes designed for him.
Ronaldo partook in several adverts for Nike and all these helped increase his media presence which also open ways for other sporting brands to associate with Ronaldo.
Ronaldo footballing genius and goalscoring ability ensured that he had a great stream of income and his contract with the top clubs he played for ensured he is one of the highest-paid players during his playing days.
Ronaldo’s influence after his retirement from the game was not going to disappear just like that. He stayed within the game to add value to the game in his way. He was a key member of the Brazil 2014 bidding committee that ensured that his country won the bid.
He was the face of their bid being a former world cup winner known by everyone so the media spotlight was on him and that may have influenced some of the decisions that favored his country winning the bid.
He continued his post-playing career trying to remain in the business of football as he bought the majority shares from Laliga side Real Valladolid. In September 2018, Ronaldo bought a 51% controlling stake in the club for €30 million.
This was a new level for him as this makes him actively in club football administration. Ronaldo Nazario’s net worth will significantly increase when Valladolid can get a place in Europe. This will be the target for Ronaldo.
That will also be an imprint to his legacy in the game. He will be known as a world superstar that did everything during his playing days and also run a mid-table club that is set to do wonders. The team finished 13th last season and will be out the finish in the top half of the table or get a European spot which will be massive for Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been a great inspiration in the game and has won some special recognition in the sport. He was added to the FIFA list of the greatest players in 2004, then he was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame as well as the Italian Football Hall of Fame, for his excellence.
More awards will definitely still come his way as he is now into football administration and as his team progresses, his name will be mentioned for bigger things. Who knows if the FIFA president seat will be his one day.