Shohei Ohtani, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrick Mahomes and Mike Trout. Five of the best athletes in the world, each with a long list of epic achievements with their teams, respectively.
And good pay.
Ohtani capitalized on his success Saturday by agreeing to a $700 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is undoubtedly the richest agreement in the history of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States.
The Japanese star joins an exclusive list of sports luminaries whose financial records match their exploits on the field of play.
Here is a look at the highest paid players in the world of sports:
In Ohtani, essentially, you have two of baseball’s elite players on the same team. His new deal with the Dodgers reflects his incredible talent and great value.
A pitcher and hitter, Ohtani jointly won the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second time. He hit .304 with 44 home runs, 95 RBIs and 20 steals for the Los Angeles Angels. As a pitcher, the right-hander is 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.
His average annual salary of 70 million is almost double the 42.3 million he earned with the Angels. It also exceeded the entire payroll in Baltimore and Oakland this year.
Like Ohtani, the Argentine star’s contract shows his value to his club both on and off the soccer field.
At the age of 36, Messi changed MLS when he announced his signing with Inter Miami in June. He recently won his eighth Ballon d’Or.
Messi’s contract with Miami is for two and a half seasons, which will earn between 50 and 60 million dollars per year – so its total value will be between 125 and 150 million dollars only.
The Portugal star abruptly left Manchester United after a television interview in which he criticized coach Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners.
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He soon received a lucrative new contract, although he had to leave Europe. Saudi club Al Nassr signed the forward until June 2025. He is said to earn 200 million per year.
Mahomes is one of the biggest stars in the NFL and is paid accordingly. The 28-year-old quarterback agreed to a $450 million, 10-year contract restructuring with the Kansas City Chiefs in September.
Under the new deal, the league’s reigning MVP will earn $56.85 million this season, $44.5 million next season, $50 million in 2025 and $56.76 million in 2026.
Mahomes set a franchise record by throwing for 5,250 yards last season, with 41 touchdown passes, and only 12 interceptions. He won two Super Bowls with Kansas City.
Before Ohtani, Trout had the longest contract in major league history.
The outfielder signed a 12-year, $426.5 million contract with the Angels in March 2019. The three-time American League MVP has been plagued by injuries in recent years, appearing in just 424 of 708 regular-season games. that season in Los Angeles for the most part. recent five seasons.
Trout, 32, made his top-level debut in 2011. He is a career .301 hitter with 368 home runs and 940 RBIs in 1,489 games.
LeBron James agreed in August 2022 to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Lakers, which remains tied through the 2024-25 season. James will be 39 on December 30.
For his part, Auston Matthews signed a four-year, $53 million contract extension in August with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal has an average annual value of $13.25 million, making him the highest-paid player in the ice hockey league starting in 2024-25.