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A freelancer who is a native speaker wrote this. He said "their" is referring to the athletes and entertainers referenced previously. But I don't buy it because the previous sentence is only about "athletes like Micheal Phelps". Do you think the referent of "their" is clear? I can ask him to rewrite it if it's unclear.

There may be numerous aspiring singers, but only a handful can consistently produce music that deeply resonates with people. Similarly, the exceptional achievements of athletes like Michael Phelps are extremely rare. The rarity of such talent increases their market value and justifies higher compensation.

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  • It refers to "athletes".
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:06
  • @gotube, thank you. Can you also tell me if the referent of "such talent" is clear? Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:13
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    It refers to the handful of singers and athletes like Phelps. The clue is in the word "similarly". "their" therefore, refers to those two groups of people.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:18
  • @Lambie, thank you. This is so advanced for English learners. Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:20
  • I think you will find that if you translate the meaning properly into your language, it would be the same thing...:) It's good writing but why are you checking it?? :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:42

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