Qual Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo ou Valentino Rossi, o desportista mais rico da História era Lusitano (pelo menos, nascido na antiga Lusitânia), de seu nome Caio Apuleio Diocles e era um condutor de quadrigas na antiga Roma. O seu ordenado era tão alto que chegava para abastecer de cereais a capital de Itália durante um ano!
Gaius Appuleius Diocles, an Ancient Roman Charioteer, who amassed “the staggering sum” of 35,863,120 sesterces (ancient Roman coins) in prize money. That’s the equivalent of approximately $15 billion.
Diocles began his career in 122 A.D., at the age of 18, and won 1,462 of his 4,257 races and finished second 861 times in his illustrious career. He made nine horses “centenari” (100-time winners) and one horse, Pompeianus, a 200-time winner. Diocles retired at the age of “42 years, 7 months, and 23 days.”
His total take home amounted to five times the earnings of the highest paid provincial governors over a similar period—enough to provide grain for the entire city of Rome for one year, or to pay all the ordinary soldiers of the Roman Army at the height of its imperial reach for a fifth of a year. By today’s standards that last figure, assuming the apt comparison is what it takes to pay the wages of the American armed forces for the same period, would cash out to about $15 billion. Even without his dalliances, it is doubtful Tiger could have matched it.