Sportsmen and women that dedicate their lives to their passion are some of world’s best paid individuals. But whilst it may look like they have it all, there still remains a large gender disparity when it comes to remuneration.
It’s the football industry that shows the most imbalance: the salary of a male footballer is 250 times larger than their female counterparts', according data from Ladbrokes.
Wayne Rooney, captain of both Manchester United and the England national team, takes home £306,850 a week, whereas Stephanie Houghton, captain of Manchester City's women's team and the England women's football team, makes £1,247 a week.
Female tennis players also feel the sting of the gender pay gap: Andy Murray, the current world number one for men's tennis, receives £253,639 a week. However, Venus Williams, also a long-running high-ranking player, makes around a tenth of Murray's weekly earnings, receiving £28,297 for seven days’ work.
This issue is also present in horse racing, where Jim Crawley makes £23,346 a week and Katie Walsh £3,825 a week; and UFC - with Conor McGregor taking home £139,611 a week and Ronda Rousey £57,535 a week.
Athletic sportsmen and women, however, do receive equal pay - Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill both make £466 a week. Despite this, Aol News reports that Bolt's endorsements and sponsorships sees him rake in £24million compared to Ennis-Hill’s £5million.
For the rest of us, the latest UK gender pay gap stands at 13.9% - yet when it is expected to close is still a topic up for debate.
Recently, we asked our audience when they think the gender pay gap will close. Their predictions can be read here.