CRISTIANO RONALDO has gone from sweeping roads as a poor kid to owning sweeping mansions as a Portugal legend.
The Manchester United icon has more than £45million worth of homes and cars, including a £7m Madeira mega-mansion, £8.5m Bugatti sportscar and… a £14,000 Mercedes.
But if all his wealth could fill one of his 20-plus luxury cars, then the value of his houses and vehicles would barely take up a passenger seat.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker, 36, is thought to have a net worth of around £363m.
And over his entire career he’s apparently earned, spent and invested about £789m.
For £363m you could have, say, launched a space shuttle into space (around £335m), and still have 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 his 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.
Now his ‘real estate portfolio’ is valued at more than £23m, topped off by a four-storey piece in Madeira purchased in 2020.
From there, Ronaldo, partner Georgina Rodriguez and their four children can take a dip in the 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, Ronaldo bought a £3m mansion – obviously including the essentials of indoor pool, cinema room, steam room, gym and jacuzzi.
Ron’s housing armoury also includes 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 sold that £3m home for a £6m mansion 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 near $11.5m (£8.5m) he spent on 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.
The 8-litre monster motor can do 0-62mph in 2.4 seconds and reach 236mph.
Georgina gave him Ron a £600k Mercedes G Wagon for his 35th birthday.
And he managed to squeeze that in alongside his full squad of Rev Devils, such as 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 -a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI.
Ron would only about ten hours of his ball-kicking salary to pay for that Mercedes.
It should be stressed, though, Ronaldo’s priorities have remained his family, plus his physical and mental health, underpinned 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 keeps his foot down on the pedal to stay ahead of the rest.