Professional athletes are the envy of some. In the world of winning and losing every moment, they always receive high attention from the public. It is for this reason that ordinary people receive a salary of billions of dollars, which is difficult to dream of.
How much do domestic sports stars get paid? As the Korea Professional Basketball League (KBL) closed player registration for the 2021-2022 season on the 30th, the outlines of the four major professional sports salaries were roughly outlined. Baseball had the highest salary level, followed by soccer. Volleyball and basketball, the two largest indoor sports mountains, showed similar levels.
Choo Shin-soo (39, Shinsegae) is the highest-paid player in the KBO this year. Choo Shin-soo’s annual salary of 2.7 billion won this season is the highest in Korean professional baseball history. It is the highest among all four major sports. As he has performed at a top level in the American Major League (MLB), he has been treated accordingly.
Park Byeong-ho (35, Kiwoom) and Yang Eui-ji (34, NC) were next with 1.5 billion won. Earlier on the 29th, Yang Eui-ji drew a dramatic overtime victory over Israel in the first round of the group stage at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. At the end of the 10th inning, with two runs full, the opponent’s first ball hit Yang Eui-Ji’s abdomen, and he obtained a final push-out four-ball. There was also a joke online that Yang’s ‘tummy fat’ was a ‘baseball pocket’.
Following them, Choi Jeong (34, Shinsegae) ranked fourth with 1.2 billion won, and fifth place was Oh Seung-hwan (39, Samsung) and Lee Jae-won (33, Shinsegae) with 1.1 billion won.
After baseball, soccer is the highest-paid sport. In the case of the K-League, after the end of last season, the salary expenditures disclosed by the Korea Professional Football Federation were followed. The ‘salary king’ is Kim Bo-kyung (31, Jeonbuk Hyundai), who received 1.358 billion won. Kim Bo-kyung led the team to the season championship last year and paid a lot of money. This season, Bo-kyung Kim is also ranked first in assists with eight.
In second place is Hong Jeong-ho (31, Jeonbuk Hyundai), the same team, with 1.26 billion won. Lee Cheong-yong (33, Ulsan Hyundai), who returned to the domestic league for the first time in 11 years last year, came in third place with 1.258 billion won, national goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo (29, Ulsan Hyundai) came in fourth place with 1.96 billion won, and Yoon Bit-garam (31, 31. Ulsan Hyundai) took fifth place with 1.65 billion won. It is noteworthy that all of the ‘top 5’ salaries belong to two teams with the Pan-Hyundai family as their parent company.
Basketball and volleyball are on the same level.
According to the current compensation status released by KBL on this day, Song Gyo-chang (25, KCC), who receives 750 million won (an annual salary of 525 million won, incentives 225 million won), ranks first this season. Song Gyo-chang led the team to the regular league championship last season and was selected as the ‘high school graduate MVP’ for the first time in professional basketball history.
Jae-do Lee (29, LG) came in second with 700 million won (an annual salary of 490 million won and incentives of 210 million won). Lee Kwan-hee (33, LG) and Lee Seung-hyun (29, Orion) both took third place with 600 million won. In terms of salary alone, Lee Seung-hyeon was 445 million won, higher than Lee Kwan-hee (420 million won). In fifth place, Kim Seon-hyeong (33, SK) and Jang Jae-seok (30, Hyundai Mobis) were 520 million won. In terms of salary, there was a difference between Kim Seon-hyeong 385 million won and Jang Jae-suk 370 million won.
The top 5 professional volleyball salaries are △ Han (35, Korean Air) 750 million won △ Hwang Taek-eui (24, KB Insurance) 730 million won △ Shin Young-seok (34, Korea Electric Power) 650 million won △ Jung Ji-seok (26) Korean Air) 580 million won and Park Cheol-woo (36, Korean Air) 550 million won.
Basketball and volleyball have lower salaries compared to baseball and soccer, as well as the league system. This is because of the ‘Salary Cap’ system, which places an upper limit on the total amount of team salaries.
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