BOSTON (CBS) — The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but the money sure is.
Just ask Jon Lester, Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford.READ MORE: 'My Angel': Mother Of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, Alma Wahlberg Passes Away
That quartet of former Boston baseballers appeared on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes, ahead of any current Boston athlete.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped the list, bringing in an absolutely absurd $300 million in the past year. Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather’s opponent back in early May, came in at No. 2 with a $160 million haul.
Of the four traditional American sports, LeBron James ranked highest at No. 6 overall, earning $64.8 million. Kevin Durant ranked seventh ($54.1 million), with Kobe Bryant ($49.5) coming in at No. 10.READ MORE: 3 Die In Wrong-Way Crash On Interstate 84 In Sturbridge
Ben Roethlisberger ranks highest among NFL players, ranking No. 11 with $48.9 million, and Jon Lester ranks as the highest-paid baseball player at No. 19 overall ($34.1 million).
To find the next Boston connection, you have to go all the way to No. 69, where former Red Sox first baseman and current L.A. Dodger Adrian Gonzalez sits with a $21.5 million payday. Jacoby Ellsbury is one spot behind Gonzalez, earning $21.4 million from the Yankees. Carl Crawford, who was shipped to L.A. along with Gonzalez back in August 2012, ranks 77th with $20.7 million. (Gonzalez and Crawford are still making bank on the deals which they signed as Red Sox.)
The highest-paid current Boston athlete is Hanley Ramirez, who ranks 79th with a $20.3 million salary. David Ortiz ranks 87th ($19.7 million), and Patriots safety Devin McCourty just made the list at No. 93 ($19.3 million, thanks to a $15 million signing bonus).MORE NEWS: Pembroke Crash Leaves 2 Dead, Victims Identified As Joseph Birolini, William Hickey
Check out the complete list over at Forbes.com, and you’ll learn a few things. One, you should probably aspire to play soccer at a high level. Two, if you want to make a ton of money, you’ll apparently have to leave Boston.