So who are the top earning Aussie Sports stars these days? Is it a soccer player? Are soccer players even in the top 10 of the highest earning Aussie Sport Stars? All will be revealed in the following paragraphs of this exciting post.
Compared to the rest of the world, namely America, Australia has typically had some of the lower paid sports stars. Hence the reason why you often see people at the top of their game taking the leap overseas to accept higher paying offers in overseas competitions.
Often sports stars will change to a completely different sports for the lure of more money. However history often shows that those who chase the money often come running back in the not to distant future. Reason being is that they cannot adapt to the new sport, or the new team, or the new competition, or even the environment and lifestyle of the new country. There are so many reasons why running for the money does not always work out. However there are other ways for Australian sports stars to make the big bucks too. That is from competing in international competitions and taking our podium places to win huge prize money and also sponsorship deals from clothing or sporting merchandise.
Now lets get down to the numbers. Who took out number 1 position? Well according to the data from BRW.com.au the highest paid Aussie sports star is Andrew Bogut – an Australian Basketballer at $16.2 Million for the year of 2014. Following Andrew are 2 golfers Adam Scott and Jason Day taking home $15.5 and $10.65 Million respectively. At numebr 4 we have Marcos Ambrose in Motor Racing and in number 5 position we have our very own Tim Cahill. This puts Tim as Australia’s highest paid Soccer star sitting comfortably at $5.5 Million in 2014.
So how did Tim get to the number 5 position? Well like some of the other top earning Aussies he has signed a lucrative contract with Shangai Shenhua.
Funnily enough in the next 5 positions are 3 more basketballers and 2 cricket stars. So, with not only the #1 positions but also 3 out of the top 10, it is safe to say that Basketball is the highest paying sport in Australia. However these incomes are a result of being accepted into the NBA and achieving the high pay packets from the American league.
Either way out of the top 50 the person in number 50th position was Carrie Web (golfer) with $1.28 Million added to her name. As with any industry when you get to the top of your field you start to see the rewards. And in this case money is the real kicker. But if you are just starting out remember that playing sport is not just about the money. You need to do something that you are passionate about. When you do what you love for a living you are much more likely to succeed and the money will come to you. Its a better way to look at the world this way than to chase the money and get stung in the process.
Well what a game, what a tournament, what an event! Who said that Australia can’t play soccer?
Taking out the recent victory at the Asian Cup on 31st Jan 2015 was a spectacular event. And to be hosting the event in our own country made it even more amazing.
Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and 9 years later takes out first place. Out of 16 teams this is a great achievement for Australia and brings new life to Australian soccer as a whole.
In the world competition, namely the FIFA world cup Australia has not made it nearly as far however the world cup does include 209 countries and there are many stronger teams than us on a global scale. But saying that, with our continued momentum is it only a matter of time when we will be able to compete for the world cup victory?
Challenging I know, but have you noticed after every soccer event there seems to be an influx of new followers into the sport in Australia? Children want to follow their international idols and our multicultural nation helps us gain new talents from overseas.
We just need more kids growing up with soccer balls at their feet from an early age and they too can become as skilled as the Brazilians and other South American teams. They just seem to be naturally gifted. Check out these Brazilian beach jugglers:
I have never seen quite as much skill on Australian beaches of soccer ball juggling as Brazil. Even the youngsters are pros!
But then what about the Germans. Is it their strict training regime or the fact of German precision? Who knows but Australia can definitely take a few pages out of both of their books.
But before we get carried away planning on taking over the world, we need to appreciate the victory that has just taken place. Winning the Asian Cup is a tremendous achievement and to do so on our home turf is a fantastic display of our countries talents and determination. With this continued focus Australia can keep moving forward in our global ranking but for now lets celebrate the fact that we are the current Asian Cup champions!