Hell yeah. They were the superstars, the celebrities of their time. Not just that, but the mortality rate was actually surprisingly low. On top of that, they had a terrific diet (they were quite meaty. The fat was used to protect their vital organs. My sweat being used as an aphrodisiac by aristocratic women ... maybe something else.
How about charioteer? Gaius Appuleius Diocles was a charioteer, who retired in 146 AD, having won 1,462 races, resulting in winning 35,863,120 sesterces in prize-money. Comparing this to the average wage of the day and using all the calculations, this means he won an equivalent of $15billion in today's money, compared to Tiger Woods who is the first sportsman to earn $1billion, which makes him the best paid sportsman of our age, but not of all time.