When we think of the highest paid athletes in sports, we think Lionel Messi who makes $40M+ a year just off his contract alone, and LeBron James who seems to have his hand in just about everything now. But how do these players stack up compared to the athletes before them or even before Christ?
The list is only about modern athletes. It does not taking into account ancient athletes like Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a Lusitania Chariot Racer. It is said to have earned 35,863,120 sesterces, by some estimation over $15 billion in today’s dollars. This means he would be the best paid athlete of all time.
Who would have thought that a baller from the Roman Empire in AD 40 would make so much money that Ronaldo would also have to divorce Jeff Bezos to catch him.