We are often fed astonishing facts about an athlete's mismanagement of money, but what about the ones that went above and beyond to live on a budget?

Here's 5 of my favorite stories.

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1) Despite making over $8M in his NFL career, Alfred Morris continued to drive a 1991 Mazda.

The most interesting part?

Morris bought the car, which he calls "Bentley", from his college pastor for just $2.
2) Daniel Norris, who received a $2M signing bonus at the age of 18, has continued to live a minimalistic lifestyle as an MLB player.

Norris spends the offseason living in his 1978 Volkswagen van and spends less than $800 monthly.

What would you do with $2M at 18?
3) Ryan Broyles only played in the NFL for four years, never earning more than a $600,000 annual salary, yet he has built portfolio of 50+ real estate properties in retirement.

How'd he do it?

A strict budget.

Broyles lived off ~10% of his income and invested the rest.
4) In 2018, despite making $10M annually, Liverpool's Sadio Mané was spotted with a cracked iPhone.

When asked why, his response was legendary.

"Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches and 2 jet planes? I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing.”
5) Kirk Cousins has earned over $200M in his NFL career, yet he still drives a 20-year-old GMC Savana conversion van with over 150,000 miles on it.

The funniest part?

The van is a hand-me-down from his grandmother.
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