Being a sport star is considered to be one of the best jobs in the world, get paid to do something you love and you will never work a day in your life, as the saying goes.
In recent months there has been a surge and flourishing interest from NFL players asking teams to ‘Pay Me in Bitcoin’. Russell Okung, a player for the Los Angeles Chargers is one player in particular who is a known Bitcoin advocate and has been consistently pushing for player’s multi million dollar salaries to be paid out in Bitcoin.
Although this is yet to happen this has sparked much interest, so much interest that a cryptocurrency firm known as, Messari, has compared annual take home salaries of the biggest stars in sports to Bitcoin.
The Messari report highlighted the income of the captain of the Argentine Football team, Lionel Messi, who Forbes reported was the highest paid footballer, earning $111 million last year alone. Based on the price of Bitcoin at the time of the survey, Messi’s income would equate to “12,700 BTC” annually.
Juventus player, Ronaldo, came in a close second, his $109 million earned yearly would equate to 10,274.5 Bitcoin.
Third on the list came in as Brazilian and Paris Saint German Footballer, Neymar, who received an income of $105 million, equating to 9,034.09 Bitcoin per year.
The idea of being paid in Bitcoin may not be too far away from a reality, as almost every sport has become involved in cryptocurrency in some way or another, either accepting them for ticket purchases or sale of collectibles.
There is a Bitcoin seminar due to run in September this year, headed by Russell Okung, and this will solidify whether or not sport stars will be paid in Bitcoin in the near future.