International athletes from this era have been gaining fortunes. The TV boom helped them to gain millions per year, as people from all over the world started to watch the main events. Clubs, franchises and federations passed from paying thousands to pay millions for every single show mounted.
That is the reason why professional soccer players, boxers, basketball players and other athletes from nowadays have considerably more millions than those from the past decades. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the top best soccer players from the past years, are a prof of it.
Both international attackers have been gaining fortunes since their first appearance with the money gained of the contracts signed with their clubs, the endorsements and the transfers. Messi and Cristiano both chose to buy private jets with that money, what permits them to travel through all over the world with comfort and tranquility.