CRISTIANO RONALDO has gone from sweeping roads as a poor kid to owning sweeping mansions as a Portugal legend.
But if all his wealth could fill just one of his 20-plus luxury cars, then the value of his houses and vehicles would barely take up a single passenger seat.
And over his entire career he’s reputedly earned, spent and invested about £789m.
For £363m you could (apparently) have launched a space shuttle into space (£335m), and still had enough change to buy a private plane.
Or if that sort of thing wouldn’t leave you feeling over the moon you might have considered buying Newcastle – for an initial £300m.
Instead Ronaldo has invested in properties and his love of motors.
It’s all so far from a tough childhood, where he was expelled from school, diagnosed with a heart condition and grew up in a deprived area of Madrid with an alcoholic father.
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Now his ‘real estate portfolio’ is valued at more than £23m, topped off by a four-storey piece in Madeira purchased last year.
From there, Ronaldo, partner Georgina Rodriguez and their four children can take a dip in a roof-top pool… while gazing out to sea and imagining life with the twins Georgina is expecting next summer.
After joining United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ron bought a £3m mansion – obviously including the essentials of indoor pool, cinema room, steam room, gym and jacuzzi.
Since then he’s added to his housing armoury with a New York City apartment, a holiday home next door to Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor in Marbella and a base in Turin.
And far from being sheepish about his collection he splashed out again when he returned to Old Trafford in September this year.
But he quickly upgraded that £3m home for a £6m one in Cheshire – due to security issues and claims (which he dismissed as baa humbug) that woolly farmyard neighbours were keeping him awake at night.
Arguably, though, Ronaldo’s most staggering outlay is the $11.5m (£8.5m) he coughed up for one of the world’s ONLY TEN Bugatti La Voiture Noire cars.
Ron picked it up in October after reportedly ordering it last year.
He already has ‘CR7’ emblazoned on the headrests of his other two Bugattis.
His latest 8-litre monster motor can do 0-62mph in 2.4 seconds and reach 236mph.
He managed to squeeze that in alongside his full squad of Rev Devils, including a Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Ferrari F12 TDF.
Among the more humble numbers in his automotive array are a £250k Bentley Flying Spur that he usually drives to training and – really scraping the barrel here – a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI.
Ron would only need to fork out about ten hours of his ball-kicking salary to pay for that Merc run-around.
But it should be stressed Ronaldo’s priorities remain his family, plus his physical and mental health, helped by a fanatical fitness regime.
And his generosity and thoughtfulness towards fans are also well documented.
So whatever you think of his lavish cars and homes, he came up the hard way and still keeps his foot down on the pedal to stay ahead of the rest.
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