Shohei Ohtani, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrick Mahomes and Mike Trout. Five of the top athletes in the world, each with a long list of epic accomplishments with their respective teams.
Ohtani agreed Saturday, capitalizing on his success $700 million, 10-year contract With the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is certainly the biggest deal in the history of the four major North American sports.
Ohtani joins an exclusive list of sports stars with financial records combined with record-breaking numbers on the field. Here are some of the highest paid players in sports:
Ohtani is essentially two elite baseball players in one organization, and his new deal with the Dodgers is a reflection of his unique skills and immense value.
The two-way star was the unanimous winner of the AL MVP award for the second time this year. He batted .304 with 44 homers, 95 RBI, and 20 steals for the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.
His average salary of $70 million is almost double the $42.3 million he earned with the Angels. That's more than the combined salaries of Baltimore and Oakland this year.
Like Ohtani, Messi's contract is indicative of his importance to his team on and off the field.
Messi, 36, gives Major League Soccer a big boost He announced in June That he planned to join Inter Miami. he won Men's Ballon d'Or - Football's top player is presented annually in October for a record eighth time.
Messi's Inter Miami deal is for 2 1/2 seasons, and it pays him between $50 million and $60 million annually – bringing the total contract value to between $125 million and $150 million in cash alone.
Ronaldo's successful performance came in Manchester United sudden end Following a TV interview in which he criticized manager Eric ten Hag and the club's owners.
It didn't take long for him to secure a lucrative new deal – even if he was far from the limelight of top European football. saudi arabia club al nassr was announced a year ago It signed Ronaldo to a contract running until June 2025. It is reportedly worth up to $200 million per year.
Mahomes is one of the NFL's biggest stars — and he's paid accordingly.
The 28-year-old quarterback has just agreed to a restructured version of his $450 million, 10-year contract With the Kansas City Chiefs in September. Under the revised deal, the reigning league MVP makes $56.85 million this season, $44.5 million next season, $50 million in 2025 and $56.76 million for the 2026 season.
Mahomes threw for a franchise-record 5,250 yards last season, along with a league-leading 41 touchdown passes and only 12 interceptions. He has won two Super Bowls with Kansas City.
Before Ohtani, Trout had the largest contract in MLB history.
Sluggish outfielder finalized $426.5 million, 12-year deal With the Angels in March 2019. The three-time AL MVP has been troubled by injuries in recent years, appearing in only 424 of Los Angeles' 708 regular-season games over the past five seasons.
The 32-year-old Trout made his big league debut in 2011. He is a .301 hitter with 368 homers and 940 RBI in 1,489 career games.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James agreed August 2022 Up to a $97.1 million, two-year contract extension that runs through the 2024–25 season. James turned 39 on December 30. ...Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews signed a $53 million, four-year contract extension in August. The deal has an average annual value of $13.25 million, which would make Matthews the NHL's highest-paid player in 2024-25.
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