Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Real Madrid from Manchester United for 80 million pounds, and that was in 2009. Since then, the Portuguese achieved so much that in 2016, his buyout clause was 1 billion pound, according to his agent Jorge Mendes. No one could have afforded Ronaldo, not even Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, despite the riches they have.
So, when Juventus came calling for the 33-year-old in the summer of 2018, it was pretty clear that the Italian giants will have to pay a bomb to bring him to Turin. And so they did!
No, it was not 1 billion pound, but the reigning Seria A champions paid the Spanish club 101 million pounds for the services of Ronaldo, thus breaking the record for the most expensive transfer for a player over the age of 30. But the spending does not stop right there.
It is reported by Gazzetta dello Sport that the five-time Ballon d'Or stands to earn an astonishing 28 million pounds per season with Juventus. The hefty figure is by far the highest any player gets paid in Seria A. In fact, the Portuguese's salary is reported to be three times more than what anyone else stands to earn.
Former Juventus, Napoli and present AC Milan striker reportedly will earn 9 million pounds yearly, and sits second in the list. The next two in the list are both Juventus players, with Paulo Dybala at No.3 with an earning of 6.5 milion pounds and Miralem Pjanic at No.4 with a salary of 5.8 million pounds.
For all the money Juventus have paid for Ronaldo, the benefits, at least on the field, are yet to be seen. The Portugese has found the going tough, if the first three matches are anything to go by.
Ronaldo is yet to score for his new club in the opening three games of the Seria A season. In fact, the former Manchester United player has hardly looked like putting the ball in the back of the net. He has been trying hard, with 23 shots, though, the Portuguese skipper has had only nine efforts on target.
Though, his signing did prove to be a commercial success off the field for the club. Soon after he was unveiled, it was reported that within the first 24 hours, 5,20,000 jerseys worth nearly 50 million pound were sold out.
Well, we can now imagine why he earns way more than anyone else in Seria A!