Est. Range $70M - $110M
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a former Brazilian professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He is widely considered one of the best players of his generation. Kaká made his professional club debut at age 18 at São Paulo in Brazil in 2001. In 2003, he joined Serie A club AC Milan. He helped Milan win the Serie A title in his first season. Milan finished runners up in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League with Kaká the top assist provider of the tournament. He was named the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year. In 2006, he led Milan to win the UEFA Champions League and was the tournament's top goal scorer. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year, the 2007 Ballon d'Or and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. In 2009, he joined Real Madrid. He returned to AC Milan in 2013. He joined MLS expansion club Orlando City in 2015 and retired in 2017.
Kaká made his debut for the Brazil national team in 2002. He was a member of Brazil's 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squads. He won the Golden Ball Award in 2009 as the tournament's best player. In addition to his individual awards, between 2006 and 2009 he was named in both the FIFA World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year three times. In 2010, he was named in the AC Milan Hall of Fame. He is known for his humanitarian work.
How long would it take you to earn as much as Kaka?
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.
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