THE world’s sexiest athlete Alica Schmidt claims she’s turned down a “six figure” sponsorship deal despite only earning around £600 a MONTH.
Schmidt, 25, is one of Germany’s top sportspeople after becoming a popular track and field star.
She was part of the relay squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo nearly four years ago.
And Schmidt has acquired a cult following as a result, boasting 4.9million fans on Instagram and a further 2m on TikTok.
But despite her popularity, she says she makes only £611 a month from sponsorship deals.
That entire fee streams from a German sports foundation called Sporthilfe.
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And they only pay Schmidt because she is on the national team.
However, the fan favourite does earn income from her massive social media platforms.
And as a result, Schmidt was able to turn down a huge sponsorship deal worth six figures as she felt “uncomfortable” with the brand.
Schmidt told Bild: “Two months ago I received an offer from a well-known brand. But I wasn’t 100 per cent behind it.
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“I didn’t feel comfortable with that. That would have been in the mid-to-high six figures for a campaign.
“In principle, I have to say that it is not easy for most German track and field athletes to make a living from sport.
“Of course there is money to be made from competitions. In most competitions you don’t make any money.
“Personally, I couldn’t live on these amounts alone, because for many competitions you still have travel and hotel costs, which aren’t always covered.
“Most of us study part-time in order to build up a second source of income, or even have mini jobs that we do on the side.”
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Source: Athletics - thesun.co.uk