— -- intro: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is rich. But how rich exactly? So rich that the Brazilian air force (FAB) has granted his request to charter four jets to the World Cup for his friends and family. Members of his entourage will also include his supermodel Russian girlfriend Irina Shayk.
He's so rich that his net worth is nearly one-quarter of the combined fortunes of the 10 wealthiest players in this year's FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo, who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid, has a net worth of $230 million, according to a list of the richest players in this year's World Cup produced by research firm Wealth-X.
A large chunk of Ronaldo's personal fortune comes from endorsement deals, with Nike, Samsung, watchmaker Tag Heuer and his underwear line CR7. Forbes estimates that his salary and winnings were a combined $52 million in the last year, while his endorsement deals earned him $28 million. According to Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes, Ronaldo is behind only Floyd Mayweather's $105 million.
The 29-year old is the "best-known player on the planet," alongside Argentine Lionel Messi and Brit David Beckham, according to ESPN.
Ronaldo seems to enjoy the finer things in life. He has been seen driving a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, which can cost $387,000, according to Edmunds.com. Last year, Ronaldo listed his modern villa in Spain for $7.1 million.
quicklist:title: Cristiano Ronaldo, $230 million media: 24091556category: Portugal text:The Portuguese winger hopes to lead his country to its first-ever World Cup title.
quicklist:title: Lionel Messi, $180 million media: 24087895category: Argentina text:The forward for Spanish club Barcelona, 26, drives a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.
quicklist:title: Wayne Rooney, $95 millionmedia: 24087803category: England text:The forward for Manchester United, 28, drives a Aston Martin Vanquish.
quicklist:title: Didier Drogba, $90 millionmedia: 24087709category: Ivory Coasttext:The 36-year-old striker plays for Turkish club Galatasaray.
quicklist:title: Samuel Eto'o, $75 millionmedia: 24087651category: Cameroontext:The 33-year old striker for English club Chelsea drives a Maybach 57 S Xanatec Coupe. His lavish car collection includes an Aston Martin.
quicklist:title: Yaya Toure, $70 millionmedia: 24087601category: Côte d'Ivoiretext:The 31-year old is a midfielder for English club Manchester City.
quicklist:title: Frank Lampard, $60 millionmedia: 24087315category: Englandtext:The 35-year old will once again lead England at the World Cup.
quicklist:title: Steven Gerrard, $55 millionmedia: 24087453category: Englandtext:The 34-year old midfielder is captain of English club side Liverpool.
quicklist:title: Fernando Torres, $50 millionmedia: 24087248category: Spaintext:The 30-year old striker plays for Chelsea.
quicklist: title: Gianluigi Buffon, $50 millionmedia: 24087170category: Italytext:The 36-year old goalkeeper plays for Italian champion Juventus.
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