21 Richest Athletes 25 and Under

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21 Richest Athletes 25 and Under
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Of the richest athletes in the world, most of them are above the age of 30. Of those under the age of 30, the vast majority are between 27 and 29. Only a handful of athletes age 25 and under are considered among the elite earners in sports today.

That's because the early-to-mid 20s is when an athlete generally pays his dues, proving his worth and improving his game. If all goes according to plan, he should be rewarded with a contract—sometimes the first, and often the last—rich enough to (theoretically) carry him well into retirement.

That being said, there are a few standout athletes who become peak earners well before reaching the peak of their abilities—they're just that good. Or they're just that overpaid. But most of them are really just that good.

Either way, there are at least 21 athletes today age 25 or under who are making the big big bucks. And they've all been neatly assembled within this list for your viewing pleasure.

*Please note that in the interest of continuity, any athlete 25 years old on January 1, 2013 was eligible for inclusion on this list. Wealth assessment was based on earnings this year, or throughout the 2013-14 season—whichever was applicable to the individual athlete.

Now that we've got nitty-gritty details out of the way, let's get to it.

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