The 41-year-old Scot suspects he will just miss out during his career on such sky-high earnings, but given the global growth of the sport he feels it is heading towards being an inevitability.
Higgins was asked whether snooker still held the same appeal to British youngsters as it did in the past, given the dramatic growth of footballer salaries compared to the relative plateauing of money for cue stars.
"Possibly not," Higgins said. "But I think around the world it's getting bigger, and I think that possibly when I'm ready to retire the game could explode.
"I could be one of the players you see who are like the old footballers who maybe weren't paid the money they deserved back in the day.
"Snooker could go that way, but every credit to them and they'll deserve it because they'll be the best players."
Snooker has been embraced by China, now a powerhouse of the sport, while across Europe interest has soared in the past 10 years.
"It's great we see it exploding around the world, and there's a great fan base in the UK," Higgins said. "We've maybe lost a little bit of that but you've got to look at the worldwide growth."
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