Regardless of what currency being used, football remains to be an industry that is worth many billions and one that the global economy will surely be glad to have back, as will punters who can start to visit www.online-betting.org to get their betting fix once again, even if football does not remain the same moving forward.
Although such revenue income streams such as matchdays might be on hold, clubs and players continue to have a number of different ways as to how they can continue to bring as much dosh as possible.
Sponsorships have always been a keystream for both club and player and are one that appears to have been extremely lucrative for those at the top of their game with sports manufactures keen to tie down the best players to deals to promote their products and bring in new customers.
Boot deals are, perhaps, one of the most famous of them all and there have been a number of big-money collaborations in the past that have helped to provide both, business and player, with financial security for the rest of their existence.
Here are just some of the top boot deals currently around…
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike
Cristiano Ronaldo, otherwise known as CR7, has a “lifetime” contract with Nike that is thought to be worth around €162million over a 10-year period, plus bonuses. Oh, and that’s on top of his €31million per year he banks as his salary from Juventus. The footballer is the highest earner when it comes down to a shoe/boot deal as well, as he eclipses the contracts the manufacturer has with Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and LeBron James.
#2. Lionel Messi – Adidas
Where there is Cristiano Ronaldo, you can guarantee Lionel Messi will be involved somewhere along the line as well. The Argentian superstar has a boot deal with Adidas that is also considered to be for a “lifetime” but is reportedly worth just over €10.5m a year. Add that to his deals with Gatorade, Huawei, MasterCard and Pepsi, it is believed he is earning around a total of €31m a year (not including his Barcelona contract, either).
#3. Mario Balotelli – Puma
In 2014, when he appeared to have the world at his feet, Puma decided to give Mario Balotelli the tools he needed to fulfil his potential with a deal worth around £5.1m-a-year. Obviously, over the last six years, things have not quite gone to plan for the Italian forward as he now faces being sacked from Brescia just a few months after arriving.
#4. Neymar – Nike
Neymar, like CR7 and Leo Messi, has always been touted to be one of the best footballers in the world, so it is hardly a surprise to see he has a lucrative deal either. The Brazilian is currently signed with Nike and has his own brand ‘Neymar Jr’. Although no financial details are known, you can’t help but think that millions are involved.
#5. Ronaldo – Nike
The original Ronaldo, or if you please the Brazilian one, may have been the first player to have arguably started the idea of boot sponsorship deals becoming a lucrative business as he helped Nike to launch the R9 series back in 1998 when he was just about to hit his prime as a footballer. The Mercurial R9 was a hugely popular boot at the back end of the 90s and went on to become a staple amongst many throughout the 2000s, with a relaunch having been done as recently as a couple of years ago.