It’s an uncomfortable truth, but a truth nonetheless that money makes the world go round. In sports, athletes have short careers so they often have to make some tough choices in terms of business. The fact is that many stars don’t care about trophies and glory.
They prioritize the money that goes into their bank account. At the end of the day, you can’t look after your family with trophies, although winning absolutely brings more money. Regardless, some pro athletes are marketing powerhouses and know how to play this game better than anyone. So today, we’re going to look at 35 sports stars who value money over glory via The Sportster. Check out these high-priced superstars below.
35. Victor Cruz
Cruz made the Pro Bowl once and captured a Super Bowl ring during his seven seasons with the New York Giants. A highly effective receiver in his prime, Cruz was part of the last great Giants’ team. The franchise wanted to keep him beyond his rookie contract and handed him a deal worth $45 million. Most people would be very happy with it but Cruz wanted more money.
He signed the contract but complained bitterly to the media about his earnings. Cruz described it as ‘tough,’ not realizing that most people in the USA earn less than one-thousandth of his salary. Furthermore, injuries resulted in him playing just six games over the next two seasons because of injuries. It was lucky for the Giants that they didn’t award him more money because it would have been a waste.