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24/7 Wall St.: Highest-Paid Players of All Time

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7. Wayne Gretzky

Salary ratio: 11.07
Sport: hockey (center)
Highest salary: $3 million (1991)
Average player salary: $271,000 (1991)

Wayne Gretzky, also known as “The Great One,” is widely regarded as the best player ever to put on skates. In his 22 professional seasons with four teams he set records in nearly every single major scoring scoring category, many of which appear completely unreachable. Gretzky scored 1,016 goals (including the postseason) over his career. He tallied 2,222 assists (including the postseason), nearly 1,000 more than the next-best record, held by Paul Coffey. Gretzky also holds single-season records for assists (163), points (215), and Goals (92). Gretzky was the only player to score 200 points or more in a season, a feat he accomplished four times. He was league MVP nine separate times, and won the Stanley Cup four times with the Edmonton Oilers. In 1991, a few seasons after he was traded to the L.A. Kings, Gretzky earned $3 million, more than 11 times the average player’s salary in that year.

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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