One of the most famous and highest-earning professional footballers of all time has a net worth that doesn’t come anywhere near that of one particular WWE star.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a name known even by those who don’t follow football, is a very accomplished athlete. He has been the recipient of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award on five occasions, holds the record for most goals and assists in the Champions League, and has won a total of thirty-two trophies in his senior career.
Despite all of these accomplishments though, there is one WWE figure whose bank balance far outweighs the Portuguese striker.
Which WWE Star Is Worth More Than Cristiano Ronaldo?
Thanks to his lucrative footballing career, Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to be worth $500 million. However, former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has him beat, with a net worth most recently estimated to be $2.1 billion.
Vince McMahon made his fortune primarily through owning the most profitable professional wrestling company on the planet, World Wrestling Entertainment. During a stint of more than forty years as chairman, Vince McMahon took the company to new heights.
When he bought the WWE (then known as the WWF) from his father Vince McMahon Sr in 1982, it was predominantly a North East-based wrestling territory. With the help of captivating superstars such as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena, McMahon grew the promotion into a worldwide entertainment product which is broadcast in more than 180 countries and reaches more than 1 billion viewers.
Known on-screen as the evil and corrupt boss of WWE, Vince McMahon has been part of an enormous amount of famous moments. From the Montreal Screwjob, to his memorable feud with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, to his purchase of arch-rival promotion WCW, McMahon has constantly been a talking point in the world of professional wrestling.
Vince McMahon retired from his role as SEO and Chairman of WWE in July 2022. In his place, Triple H assumed creative control of the company while Stephanie McMahon was named Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside Nick Khan. McMahon’s retirement came as he was engulfed by allegations of sexual misconduct, while unrecorded business expenses were being investigated by WWE.