Valentino Rossi Achieves $30 Million Annual Income

Valentino Rossi is one of the most talented men to ever straddle a motorbike. His unparalleled talent at riding what is basically a very overpowered and unstable machine, with such finesse and daring that it often left spectators gawping. He is also extremely good at ‘drifting’ a motorbike and there are many videos floating about the internet showing off his amazing skills.
Valentino Rossi and his racing Ducati 1 photo
Photo: Ducati Racing
Now, living in our present day money-driven society, such talent couldn’t be left without a paycheck - a very large one, in fact. According to Forbes, ‘Il Dottore’ is among the best paid athletes in Europe, achieving roughly $30- (€24-) million in annual income, in 2011. This makes him the 20th best paid athlete in the world, behind Fernando Alosno and ahead of (yes, believe it) Michael Schumacher.

Sadly, it seems that since he started riding for Ducati, Valentino has hit a bit of a rough spot in his career, despite the fact that his flamboyant style and charismatic attitude are still there to make him one of the best loved motorsport-related figures in Europe and the world.
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