But like many A-list performers at the top of their game, Jose Tomas always faces the risk of a career-ending injury - as these astonishing pictures show.
Tomas, who earns a staggering £400,000 a fight, is
Caught red-handed: Champion bullfighter Jose Thomas is outwitted by the half-ton bull
Sent flying: The bull smashes into the fighter, tossing him high into the air
Bullseye: Tomas is skewered by the beast for a second time. He can do nothing but lie helplessly on top of the bull
Savaged: Tomas tries to protect himself as he is gored by the raging bull
Eyeing revenge: He is back in the fight
Despite this being his second serious 'cornada', or goring, in under a month,, the battered Tomas somehow managed to get back on his feet and kill the bull.
In recognition of his extraordinary chutzpah, Tomas was rewarded with both ears and the tail of the bull and was later carried out of the ring on a collegue's shoulders - the customary reward for feats of great bravery...dailymail