Est. Range $124M - $196M
José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Cardinals, he was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player and nine-time All-Star. After joining the Angels in 2012, he made one All-Star appearance, in 2015. Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1996. After one season of college baseball, he was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft. As a rookie for the Cardinals in 2001, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year.
How long would it take you to earn as much as Albert Pujols?
The average salary for athletes in the United States is around $49,143 per year. Not however, if you play in the NBA where the average salary is projected to be around $8 million this year. Even then, though, earnings vary greatly. While some of the top players (we’re looking at you, Stephen Curry) earned over $45 million last year, others didn’t even reach the million-dollar mark.
All sports aren’t created equal though and basketball doesn’t even make the top five highest earning sports. Ice hockey, tennis and soccer stars round out the top three, with athletes in those sports able to build a huge amount of wealth from their appearance fees alone.
Still, there’s always ways for athletes to increase their earnings. UFC fighter Conor McGregor managed to be the top earning athlete in 2021, but a sizeable amount of his income was due the sale of his majority stake in Irish whiskey distiller Proper No. Twelve. However, opportunities for athletes go well beyond business deals.
As is the case with actors, musicians and other celebrities, the golden ticket to building an athlete’s net worth tends to lie in endorsements, sponsorships and selling their name (and often photos) wherever they can. Athletes have to be careful about what they do and say though… more than a few athletes have lost their product endorsements and been dropped by a brand over a scandal or unwise comment.
Albert Pujols's net worth of 160 million can buy...
The Wealthiest Index is a ranking of the world's richest people. In calculating Andre Agassi’s net worth, we strive to provide the most transparent calculations available with detailed analysis of how that Andre Agassi’s fortune was made. Each net worth figure is updated at regular intervals to reflect market movements.
Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive.
Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for club AC Milan and the Sweden national team.