Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, in 2019 became the 6th highest goal scorer of all time at 700 goal score. He also won trophies in whatever league he joins in. He’s got every Laurels to put on his escutcheon including Ballon d’Or, FIFA Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year Award, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and many more. Now, if you can tell the sports world high stakes that you can do twice as much as Cristiano Ronaldo did, then they’ll bow on you with great revere and pay you double instead.
But in our dreams.
This high payouts goes the same with actors and actresses, Olympians, CEOs of billion-dollar companies and so on. There is not much of them at the top of the food chain. And to be there sometimes takes phenomenal determination, discipline, habit, massive action and or a whip of luck. Contract after contract after contract from projects and advertising is turning them into King Midas with the golden touch.
In cases of footballers, and with the advent of new accessible media such as the internet and subscription televisions, they are becoming more in demand. Sports broadcasting rights, merchandise, adverts and ticket sales are making more money than ever. In the outset, players get paid more.
Secondly, Clubs and Sporting Businesses are trying to outbid each other for the best players (Again, take notice of the high demand and low supply of valuable players). So, players again are paid substantially and of course what player will not bend to the highest bidder. But only, and only if you are a Premier League material.
Cristiano Ronaldo for instance cached-in $64 million in four years for Juventus Club alone in 2021. Lionel Messi is at $650 million for the next 4 years since 2017. That’s a whole lot of money anyone can ever dream of.
Quick illustration will show you demands for certain occupations and how much they are worth it: