Top pro athletes would make a killing in Bitcoin earnings if you consider what they take home every week as wages. This point was spotlighted by LA chargers pro-athlete Russell Okung who is a well-known crypto enthusiast. Okung, who was introduced to cryptos and welcomed by crypto twitter just a few months ago, is increasingly becoming the biggest crypto advocate in football.
The Nigerian-American NFL star will be hosting a Bitcoin event next month which will be an outreach effort to bring attention to crypto throughout the sports world. He hopes that his efforts to bring attention to crypto as a football star will help accelerate adoption. Okung recently tweeted out a piece of Messari research, to highlight how well crypto and sports can fit in together.
Messi would earn 12,700 BTC
The Messari research highlighted how much the top pro-athletes in the world would take home in terms of BTC based on their current contracts. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who is the highest paid pro-athlete would take home 12,700 BTC annually based on prices at the time of research. Messari also pointed out that Messi, who earned a whopping $111 million last year, takes home about as much income per year as Bitcoin miners make in a week from block rewards.
Ronaldo would earn 10,000 BTC
Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Italian Serie A champions Juventus, is not far behind. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid Ace according to Messari research would take home 10,000 Bitcoins per year at his current contract of $109 million per year. Ronaldo and Messi are considered to be the cream of the crop in modern soccer and are the game’s biggest rivals today.
The two have nothing but kind words for each other though and a mutual respect rarely seen in other sports. Cristiano recently stated that his rivalry with Lionel Messi was a healthy one, and goes a long way in making both of them better players.
“It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula 1, the only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy. Messi makes me a better player and vice versa.”
Crypto taking root in sports
When it comes to high earning pro-athletes, the list goes on and on; with big names such as Brazilian soccer star Neymar featuring alongside Basketball stars LeBron James, Steph curry, and Kevin Durant. Any one of these sports could be the first to make crypto wages a reality since some of them are already involved in crypto in one way or another.
Soccer has had notable crypto transactions with popular soccer teams such as Portuguese champions Benfica accepting crypto payments. Other teams such as PSG, Juventus, and West-ham have all taken up blockchain based social engagement programs with fans. With crypto poised for the next leg of its Bull-run, more sports franchises may just want to get involved in crypto
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