World Championship Snooker champ earns Ronaldo's weekly wage

April 17, 2022
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Cristiano Ronaldo is earning so much at Manchester United that he takes home the same amount of prizemoney given to the winner of the World Snooker Championship every single week.

In fact, the 37-year-old Portugal superstar's wage packet is so stacked that he earns more in a month than is handed out in total prize money during the entire Championships.

The winner of the tournament, which officially kicked off on Saturday, takes home a cool £500,000, but to put that into rather depressing context, Ronaldo earns the same amount 52 times a year - whether he kicks a ball around or not.

Save for the occasional hat-trick, like the one he scored against Norwich yesterday, Ronaldo's 'glorious' return to Old Trafford has really been anything but. Whether United deem 21 goals in 34 matches to be a reasonable return on their investment is up for debate, but if anything, the club have gone backwards since he arrived from Juventus last summer.

With both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal slipping up over the weekend United have clawed their way back into contention for the top four, but after finishing runner-up last season it feels like nothing more than a consolation prize - particularly after Ronaldo himself admitted that he "didn't come here to be in sixth place or seventh place or fifth place."

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If Mark Selby retains his world title, he'll earn the same amount of money that Cristiano Ronaldo earns in a week at Man Utd
If Mark Selby retains his world title, he'll earn the same amount of money that Cristiano Ronaldo earns in a week at Man Utd

At the World Snooker Championships meanwhile, defending champion Mark Selby is looking to winner his fifth title and got off to a reasonable, if not a slightly underwhelming, start by seeing off dogged Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones with a 10-7 victory - making three centuries and four 50+ breaks.

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is aiming for a record-equalling seventh title in his 30th appearance at the Crucible, recovered from 3-0 down to lead David Gilbert 6-3 after the first session.

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