What is Ronaldinho’s net worth and salary?
Ronaldinho is a retired Brazilian football (soccer) player who has a net worth of $90 million. Ronaldinho was once considered to be the best soccer player in the world. He was twice the World Player of the Year (2004 and 2005). He was part of the 2002 World Cup championship team alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo.
Ronaldinho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Ronaldinho was an attacking midfielder and forward who spent his youth career with Gremio. He had great athletic skills who has the ability to score goals in bunches. He wore the number 10 on his uniform and in 1997, while only 17, made the Brazil 1st team. At the time, he was considered “Brazil’s best young hope.” He played for Gremio’s senior team from 1998 to 2001 scoring 21 goals in 52 appearances. Ronaldinho played for Paris Saint-Germain from 2001 to 2003 where he scored 17 goals in 55 caps. He played for Barcelona from 2003 to 2008 and scored 70 goals in 145 games. Ronaldinho played for Milan from 2008 to 2011 and scored 20 goals in 76 appearances. He played for Flamengo from 2011 to 2012, scoring 15 goals in 33 caps. Ronaldinho played for Atletico Mineiro from 2012 to 2014 where he scored 16 goals in 48 games. He played for Queretaro from 2014 to 2015 and finished with Fluminense in 2015. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2005 and is known for his exceptional dribbling and free-kick abilities.
Soccer (football) is the world’s most popular sport and Ronaldinho is one of its best-known players. His accomplishments are legendary, such as the goal he scored against Venezuela to help Brazil win the Copa America. That goal is still remembered by fans and is thought to be the greatest ever scored in Brazil’s long soccer history. Ronaldinho helped Brazil win its 5th World Cup in 2002 and, soon after, accepted a contract from a professional team in Barcelona, Spain. He remains one of Brazil’s most famous football icons of all-time. Ronaldinho won the FIFA World Player of the Year twice and was included in Pele’s FIFA 100 list.
Contracts, Endorsements and Salary History
Ronaldinho’s income took a huge jump after the 2003-2004 season after being transferred from Paris Saint-Germaine to Barcelona, where he earned $10 million per season. He was transferred to AC Milan in 2008 where he earned $9 million per year over three years.
In 2006, the same year he won the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldinho earned $20 million from endorsements. His total earnings in 2006 were $26 million. He was a longtime endorser of Coca-Cola but lost his sponsorship in 2014 after he was spotted drinking a Pepsi. The loss cost him $700,000 per year.
He has also long held endorsement deals with Nike, EA and more than a dozen other smaller brands including mobile phone companies and energy drinks. He appeared on the cover of EA’s FIFA Football five times.
He has more than 50 million followers on Instagram alone (more than 100 million on all channels combined) and reportedly charges $250,000+ for a single post or personal appearance.
Ronaldinho owns a famously-impressive collection of cars that includes dozens of high-end vehicles. His most notable pieces include a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche Carerra S, a Ferrari 458, Bugatti Veyron, Hummer H2 and Audi R8.
Ronaldinho owns a half dozen homes around the world. His most notable properties are located in Greece, Barcelona, Florida, Brazil and Lake Como (Italy).
Tax Issues and Fake Passport
In July 2019, Ronaldinho’s Spanish and Brazilian passports were confiscated by authorities over unpaid taxes.
In March 2020 Ronaldinho was detained by police in Paraguay for possessing a fake Paraguayan passport. He was detained in the country’s capital city Asuncion where the former star had been staying with his brother. He had traveled to the city to promote a book and campaign for underprivileged children.