So just why is Alex Rodriguez worth so much?
Birth: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, 27 July 1975, New York
Team: New York Yankees
2011 salary: $32 million (about R220 million)
Dubbed the “quarter-billion-dollar superstar”, Alex Rodriguez is one of the most expensive sportsmen in the world. The New York Yankees’ shortstop and third baseman tops the charts with the $275 million (R1,8 billion), 10-year-deal he signed with the Yankees in 2008. Rodriguez is also ranked as one of the best all-rounders in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. He’s so passionate about the sport that in 2003 he donated $3,9 million (about R27 million) to the University of Miami for the restoration of its baseball stadium and scholarships for the Boys and Girls clubs of Miami.
1993: Having already signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Miami, he bypasses varsity to join the Seattle Mariners.
1994: Aged 18, he makes his MLB debut against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1998: In his 470th game for Mariners, he hits his 100th home run.
2000: He signs a record $252 million (R1,7 billion) deal with the Texas Rangers.
2003: He wins his first Most Valuable Player award.
2004: He’s traded to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquín Árias.
2005: He became the fift player to win the Most Valuable Player award with two teams.
2007: He wins another MPV and signs another 10-year contract worth $275 million with the Yankees
SOURCES: www.hispanic-culture.com, http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com, http://nbcsports.msnbc.com