Life on the other side: 10 highest-paid athletes of 2017

Harry Kettle

Jealousy is an extremely ugly emotion in any walk of life, and most of the time it comes down to one of two things – love and money. For the latter we tend to look upon sports stars around the world and think to ourselves: “how do they earn more in a week than I do in 10 years?”. Well buckle up, because these are the highest-paid athletes on the planet and these figures will make you feel sick.

A few of the names on here may surprise you just a touch, whether that be because of the person in question or the sport that they compete in. Either way, what you’re about to see will likely sum up why so many non-sports fans complain about the salaries of these top stars, and in a lot of ways you can agree that things have gone a bit mad in terms of overpaying these guys.

When you add up all of these lucrative totals, the overall sum comes in at nearly half a billion English pounds. That is utterly extraordinary, and also a little bit sickening at the same time. Look, we know they work hard to earn their pennies, but are a couple world titles here and there worth it? We’ll let you decide.

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