Regardless of whether or not you think athletes are paid too much, we can all agree stars like LeBron James and Tom Brady ought to be paid more than their role-player teammates.But in every sport, there are a handful of average players who are paid like superstars.
Some of them were phenoms who never panned out, and other are mediocre guys who happened to have one aberrational year.
But all of them are now making gobs of money, and you may not even realise it.
NFL: We've never even heard of Paul Soliai ($12.4 million) but he's the 10th-highest paid player in the NFL
MLS: David Beckham ($5.5 million) makes twice as much as LA Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan ($2.3 million)
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