10 Top Athletes Going Out Sad

10 Top Athletes Going Out Sad
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To become a professional it takes a lifetime of training and a lot of talent. To become an elite Hall of Fame Athlete, one must sacrifice, free time, relationships, and often times family for the glory of becoming a champion.

No matter how much the pro athlete trains. No matter how well the athlete diets. No matter how smart the athlete, there is one thing that all athletes have to face and that’s “father time”.

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

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We’ve all admired our favorite basketball player who has to do a layup instead of his usual slam dunk. Your favorite hockey goalkeeper lets the puck go right by his hand allowing 4 goals in the first period and 10 time MLB All Star pulls a hamstring (again) jogging to first base after being walked.

In this article Wealth WrapUp will profile 13 top athletes that have made millions of dollars (in some cases 100’s of millions of dollars), have professional championships, and are icons to the fans that support them. Unfortunately these millionaire superstars simply cannot let go of their competition spirit and the fame that comes along with being the best.

Using statistics from ESPN, NDTV, Golf.com, Forbes, and Yahoo Sports and a host of other sources we compiled a list as fairly and accurately as possible without offending the athletes and especially the fans who assist in creating the wealth and fame these professionals enjoy.

1. David Beckham

David Beckham

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Futbol (Soccer) is the most widely played sport on the planet and superstar celebrity athlete David Beckham was considered one of FIFA’s (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) top players for almost 10 years.

Born in East London, England; David Beckham has been playing futbol since he could walk. According to Yahoo Sports, Beckham is the only futboller whom as won titles in 4 top leagues including England, Spain, France, and United States.

Birthdate: 2 May 1975
Teams: England National Team, Manchester United, Preston North, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
Nationality: England
Net Worth: $350 Million (USD)

2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant is a 5 time NBA Champion shooting guard for the NBA (National Basketball Association) Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is known for his vertical jump, tenacious defense, and an uncanny ability to make the difficult shot.

Drafted in 1996 Kobe Bryant won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Champion, 2006 and 2007 NBA scoring champion.

Birthdate: 7 July 1981
Teams: U.S. National Team, Los Angeles Lakers
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $340 Million (USD)

3. MS Dhoni (Mahendra Singh Dhoni)

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni (more commonly known as MS Dhoni) is a cricket batsman and captain of the Indian Cricket National Team. According to Wisedenindia.com, Dhoni in his first stint at the helm help steer a young side to the title in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.

Birthdate: 7 July 1981
Teams: India National Cricket Team
Nationality: Indian
Net Worth: $150 Million (USD)

4. Michael Vick

Michael Vick with the NFL NY Jets

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Michael Vick is an NFL Pro Bowl quarterback born in Newport News, Virginia, USA; an area which has a tradition of making professional athletes including former 11 NBA All-Star Allen Iverson and NFL Champion wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Vick attended college at Virginia Tech University where he won the job as starting quarterback as a red shirt freshman (meaning he sat out his freshman year of college but was a [football freshman] according to the NCAA). In Vicks second year as a starter he led the Virginia Tech Hokies to 11-0 before meeting a ferocious Florida State Seminole team in the NCAA championship game (Nokia Sugar Bowl). The Hokies were defeated 46-29.

According to BET, In 2001 Michael Vick was the first African-American quarterback in NFL history to be drafted #1 overall.

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Birthdate: 26 June 1980
Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $15 Million (USD)

5. Jaromír Jágr

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Born and raised in the Czech Republic (formally Czechoslovakia) Jaromír Jágr was drafted at age 18 by the Pittsburgh Penguins 5th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’3″ (193cm) left winger was the 1994-19 NHL leading points getter and winner of the Art Ross Trophy. In the 1998-99 season Jaromír Jágr won the Hart Trophy as League MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the League’s most outstanding player as voted by the players

According to NHL.com, “He played a key role in the team winning the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons”.

Birthdate: 15 February 1972
Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Cze-1, HC Kladno, Avangard Omsk, Florida Panthers. Czech National Team
Nationality: Czech Republic
Net Worth: $40 Million (USD)

6. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

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Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is the highest earning golfer of all time. Born in Cypress, California, USA; Tiger’s father Earl worked closely with Tiger teaching him the game of golf as soon as he could walk. At age 4 Woods was featured showing off his golf swing on NBC’s The Mike Douglas Show where he competed in a putting contest with comedian Bob Hope.

Tiger Woods attended the prestigious Stanford University where he was the ace of the golf team. Golf.com states Woods won his first of 3 consecutive U.S. Junior Titles at age 15. According to CNN, 1994-1996 Tiger Won 3 consecutive U.S. Amateur golf championships before turning pro in 1996.

Birthdate: 30 December 1975
Teams: U.S. Amateur Team, Stanford University Golf Team, U.S. Ryder Cup Team
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $600 Million (USD)

7. Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran

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Birthdate: 24 April 1977
Teams: Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees.
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Net Worth: $80 Million (USD)

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