See How Much Ferrari Pays Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is just one of the drivers switching things up for next season's Formula One as he leaves Red Bull for much, much greener pastures. How green? His rumored deal with Ferrari has him not just the highest paid driver in the world, but the highest paid sportsman in the world. According to the Daily Mail, Vettel is rumored to be signing on the dotted line with Ferrari for 150 million pounds over three years. If you do the calculation that works out to $80 million per year. Yes, per year. RELATED: See More of the 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula One
Let's put that in perspective, as if the number all by itself isn't impressive enough. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo made $52 million last year and NFL quarterback Matt Ryan made a paltry $42 million for his efforts out on the field. Compared to other drivers, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton each reportedly made $27.5 million and they were the highest paid guys out there this season.
The one factor that's not considered in these mind-boggling numbers is sponsorship and endorsement deals, which can add quite a bit to those base salaries. During the time that Vettel won four World Championships for Red Bull, he also pulled in some cash from Infiniti.
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Since Infiniti sponsored the team and Vettel, that relationship has probably been severed with his exit from the team. There's no way to know for sure what other sources of income Vettel may or may not be getting from this move, but at $80 million per year, it's a good bet he's all set regardless.
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