Heavyweight boxing stars Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have already been involved in three epic clashes, but their purse comes nowhere near to what Cristiano Ronaldo will be paid each year by new club Al-Nassr.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo became the best-paid footballer in history after signing a multi-year deal with the Saudi Arabian club. Saudi state-owned broadcaster Al Ekhbariya, revealed the former Manchester United star will be paid a huge £172million per year by Al-Nassr.
In comparison the last bout between the Gypsy King and Wilder saw Fury take home a guaranteed purse of £4.1 million ($5 million). Both fighters ended up earning £20.6 million ($25 million) each from pay-per-view receipts.
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According to those figures the heavyweight rivals would need to fight another seven times in order to make Ronaldo's annual salary. Unbeaten Fury was held to a draw in his first contest against Wilder in 2018 before stopping him twice in two subsequent re-matches.
According to CBS Sports, £62m of Ronaldo's salary will come directly for playing for Al-Nassr. The rest will be made up through image rights and commercial deals, with the star set to be a key asset in the country's bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Al-Nassr are yet to confirm how long Ronaldo is contracted to the club, though it's believed he has penned a two-and-a-half year deal. Rumours suggest that Ronaldo has signed up until June 2025, meaning he will continue playing in Saudi Arabia until he is 40.
Fury's value is expected to increase dramatically this year if his heavyweight unification contest against Oleksandr Usyk goes ahead. Fury's promoter Frank Warren says the highly anticipated clash will smash the pay-per-view price record.
With Saudi Arabia expected to host the contest fans watching at home could have to pay £27.95 to watch it live on BT Sport.
“If they [the broadcaster] put up some sort of guarantees, then they’re looking to recover their guarantees, which will determine the price," Warren told talkSPORT. “If there isn’t a guarantee and it’s done on a share basis, then again that determines what the price will be.”
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