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The World's Highest-Paid Athletes
Transcript of The World's Highest-Paid Athletes
Who are these athletes? Who do you think is paid the most?
4. It requires a very high level of skill, which only a very few people possess. They should be rewarded for that.
5. Julia Roberts gets $4 million to make a film, so why shouldn't top footballers get similar pay? They are just like film stars.
#1 Floyd Mayweather - highest paid athlete in 2014 (Forbes)
Total Earnings: $105 million
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Total Earnings: $80 million
Salary/winnings: $52 million
Endorsements: $28 million
#3 Lionel Messi
Total Earnings: $64.7 million
Salary/winnings: $41.7 million
Endorsements: $23 million
#4 LeBron James
Total Earnings: $72.3 million
Salary/winnings: $19.3 million
Endorsements: $53 million
#5 Kobe Bryant
Total Earnings: $61.5 million
Salary/winnings: $30.5 million
Endorsements: $31 million
Discuss in pairs / small groups
1. Are these athletes overpaid in your opinion?
2. How much do top sportsmen and women earn in Lithuania?
3. What are the reasons that justify the high salaries?
1. It's a short career — 18 years maximum — then you're finished as far as playing is concerned.
2. Top players can't go out partying and eating and drinking whatever they want. They have to look after themselves and be highly disciplined. They have a severely restricted social life for maybe 20 years. •
3. Your career could end at any time through injury.
6. Top players are high profile superstars who can't leave home without the media following them. The money they get is compensation for having no private life.
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