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Old Romans make Rory look cheap.

THE [euro]95million transfer of Luis Suarez from Liverpool to Barcelona has raised concerns about the huge sums paid for and to sports stars.

Apparently it's nothing new - the highest earning sportsman in history was Roman chariot racer Gaius Appuleius Diocles in the first century AD.

The Spanish ace pocketed 35,863,120 sesterces - around [euro]12billion in modern money - by the age of 42.

The sum makes Rory McIlroy's $200million Nike deal look like chicken feed.

The prize money up for grabs this week at Galway is around [euro]1.6million - old Diocles wouldn't have got into his chariot for that.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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