England's Euro 2022 hero Beth Mead pocketed a cool £55,000 windfall for bringing football home – but her annual salary is dwarfed by Cristiano Ronaldo's weekly wages.
Mead turns out for Arsenal, where she reportedly earns £25,000 annually. England's new hero also has a sponsorship deal with Nike – earning her money for wearing the brand on social media and in person.
Euro 2022's top goalscorer also boasts partnerships with ELLE UK and McDonald's, which help to raise her earnings past her basic salary. As a result, numerous outlets are reporting Mead's net worth as £410,000.
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However, football's megastar Ronaldo dwarfs the earnings of the Euro 2022 winner.
Ronaldo – who is believed to earn £385,000-per-week, roughly takes home £55,000 every day, the same as Mead's bonus for winning the Euros from The FA. On top of that, Mead's basic salary is 15 times smaller than Ronaldo's.
Ronaldo's huge wage difference isn't the only wage gap in the sport – with Gareth Southgate's side taking home £300,000 for their losing efforts in the Euro 2020 final last summer.
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Mead's success on English shores this summer is all the more impressive after she was snubbed a spot on Team GB for the Olympics last summer.
Unlike the men's game, football at the Olympics, for the women, is one of the highlights of the four-year cycle. Mead admitted ahead of Euro 2022: “Obviously it was disappointing last summer, but would I be the player I am today if that didn’t happen? Maybe not.
“I’m enjoying my football, I’m really happy out there on the pitch, that is showing in my performances, and hopefully I can bring some of them into this summer’s Euros.”
Mead found the net six times over the course of the tournament, the same as Alexandra Popp of Germany.
However, Mead was handed the Golden Boot for Euro 2022 after she claimed more assists than her German rival. Mead was also named the player of the tournament after the final on Sunday afternoon.
After the win, Mead told the BBC: "I can't believe it. Sometimes football puts you down, but bouncing back is the best way. I'm speechless, I can't take it all in… I'm in shock.
"I've had a good cry with my mum and dad. I am so proud of this team, I love this team and I love this country!"
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