Born in Santo Antonio, Funchal - a neighbourhood in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo lacked many of the luxuries of childhood. Named after his father's favourite actor - Ronald Reagan, the life that he was born into could not have been further from that of the then-US President.
Living in a two-room, tin-roofed shack, Ronaldo shared a single room with his brother and two sisters, and toys; and Christmas presents were unheard of. His mother, a cook, and his father, a gardener, did their best to provide for their children, but living in Madeira was evidently difficult.
To make matters worse, Ronaldo appeared to be heading down the wrong path in his early years. The often-fiery kid was uninterested in acquiring an education, and was eventually expelled from the school system aged just 14 after throwing a chair at a teacher who had 'disrespected him'.
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While it was evident that his education was unlikely to provide him with a way out of poverty, he still had one other escape route. While most would agree that assaulting your teacher is likely to land you at most a toilet-cleaning job at a fast-food chain, it ultimately led Ronaldo to a 380,000-pounds-a-week contract at one of Europe's top football clubs. And, the rest is history.
Today, the 32-year-old has not only established himself as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but he has also left the troubled times behind for good. As of June 2017, Ronaldo's net worth stands tall at staggering $93 million - including $58mn in salary/winnings and $35mn in endorsements.
If that wasn't enough, the Portuguese football sensation also boasts of the title of the world's fastest-earning sportsperson. According to the Expert Market UK, the Portuguese captain earns 1 million pounds faster than any other sportsman on the planet. The figures released by the firm breaks down sportspersons' earnings based on the Forbes rich list and place them into context with the average 9-5 job of any working professional.
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The study shows that based on a normal 9-5 working day, Ronaldo would need a mere 45 hours or a total of 5.68 working days to earn the astronomical figure of 1 million pounds. Well, no wonder, he's now the ultimate embodiment of the superstar lifestyle: fast cars, beautiful women, millions of fans, lots of critics and the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.
But, what's the point of having all that money of you don't show-off a little, in Ronaldo's case - a lot actually. The Real Madrid talisman who already owns some of the meanest machines on the planet added yet another beast to his envious collection.
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The four-time Ballon d'Or winner shelled out a whopping $3 million to add the Bugatti Chiron to his already stunning collection of vehicles. Taking to Instagram, Ronaldo shared a video of himself driving the Chiron alongside his son. “New animal in the building Bugatti Chiron,” he wrote.
He already has a Bugatti that costs $2.28m, but the Bugatti Chiron may well be the costliest of the lot. The successor to the Bugatti Veyron, the Chiron boasts of an 8-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine which allows this magnificent monster to accelerate from 0-97 km/h (60mph) in just 2.4 seconds.
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In a world-record-setting test, the Chiron also reached 400 km/h (250mph) in 32.6 seconds, after which it took only 9.6 seconds to brake to standstill. Given the capabilities of its engine, the Chiron's top speed is electronically restricted to 420 km/h (261mph) for safety reasons.
Apart from the Chiron, Ronaldo is also a proud owner of a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce, an Aston Martin DB9 and a Porsche Cayene Turbo among others. For a man who didn't have enough room to live in the ghettos of Madeira, Ronaldo has clearly come a long way to acquire things that nobody would've thought he could get while growing up.