Most Expensive Sports Contracts | Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Leads List With Contracts Worth More Than $500m

Most Expensive Sports Contracts

No matter what is the sport, all participating teams try their best to deliver magnificent performance in the field and grab the titles. That’s why, they mainly focus on building best possible squad by signing the big names of respective sports. Consequently, the history created when some franchises have signed the players for incredibly high prices which bring massive money to their accounts. Here are the complete details about the top 15 most expensive sports contracts in all times history.

Most Expensive Sports Contracts

1 – Lionel Messi

  • Team: Barcelona
  • Value: $674 Million
  • Length: 2017-2021

FIFA World Cup 2022 winning captain is on the top of this list as he signed the most expensive contract in the history of sports. He is currently playing for PSG in association football but has started his career after signing the deal with Barcelona back in 2004. The best of Argentinian came out while playing for the club. In the year 2017, his contract renewed for 4 years having the total value of $674 million which makes him earn $4.4 million per game in a full season of LA Liga.

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Team: Al-Nassr
  • Value: $536.3 Million
  • Length: 2023-2025

The Portuguese star footballer has achieved many milestones in his professional career and widely regarded as one of the best forward of all times. His rivalry with Messi for declaring as the GOAT is worth watching. Ronaldo has recently signed a contract with Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr for the year 2023 to 2025, which brings the total of $536.3 million. This is the most expensive annual contract in history of football as Ronaldo will bank $214.5 million per year.

3 – Patrick Mahomes

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Value: $503 Million
  • Length: 2020-2031

The 27 years old Quarterback has made his debut in the top tier American Football competition, the NFL in 2017. Since then, he is playing for famous franchise Kansas City Chiefs. In 2020, the club has renewed his contract on the basis of his performance for the team during previous season. As per his new deal, he will remain the part of Kansas City till 2031 and the value of $503 million ranks it 3rd among the most expensive sports contracts.

4 – Mike Trout

  • Team: Los Angeles Angels
  • Value: $426.5 Million
  • Length: 2019-2030

The American professional baseball player Mike Trout is active in Major League Baseball since 2011 and playing as center fielder for Los Angeles Angels. During his tenure with the club, he showed exceptional performance and played crucial roles in many important games. Trout has earned a renovation in his contract in 2019 when he was signed by the franchise till 2030. During this time, he will earn the total of $426.5 million, correspondingly the annual money is $33.5 million.

5 – Canelo Alvarez

  • Team: DAZN
  • Value: $365 Million
  • Length: 2018-2023

Canelo Alvarez, professional boxer from Mexico is most probably the biggest name of the boxing industry currently active. He has won multiple world championships in 4 different weight divisions from light middleweight to light heavyweight. In 2018, DAZN signed him to feature in the upcoming big pay-per-views until 2023 and the contract is having the worth of $365 million. For a single appearance, Canelo is set to receive $33.1 million.

6 – Mookie Betts

  • Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Value: $365 Million
  • Length: 2021-2032

Having started his career in 2014, Mookie Bets remained the part of Boston Red Sox until 2019, when he signed a new deal with Los Angeles Dodgers for upcoming season. His multi-million contract will end in 2032 and having the worth $365 million. Thus, the contract will bring $30.4 million to the bank of Betts on annual basis. While he will receive $187,757 per a single game appearance in MLB.

7 – Aaron Judge

  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Value: $360 Million
  • Length: 2023-2031

The 30 years old baseball outfielder has made his debut in Major League Baseball in 2016 when he signed the contract with New York Yankees. Aaron Judge has shown impressive performances so far in his career and has played important role in many crucial victories of his club. Owing to his brilliance, the club has renewed his contract for the duration of 2023 to 2031 with the total worth of $360 million.

8 – Manny Machado

  • Team: San Diego Padres
  • Value: $350 Million
  • Length: 2021-2034

The American professional baseball is now present at number 8 in the list of most expensive sports contracts after signing a lucrative with San Diego Padres in 2023. He has been the part of club since 2019 and playing as a third baseman and shortstop. Manny Machado’s new signing has the total worth of $350 million which will end in the year 2034. Thus, he will manage to earn the annual money of $31.8 million.

9 – Francisco Lindor

  • Team: New York Mets
  • Value: $341 Million
  • Length: 2022-2031

Francisco Lindor, professional baseball player from Puerto Rico is the next man on this rundown as he is playing for New York Mets in MLB on a ludicrous contract. He has proved himself as one of the best switch-hitter currently active. After spending a season with Mets, his contract renewed in 2022 and will provide him the annual salary of $34.1 million. The deal end in 2031 which means that he will receive a total of $341 million during this time.

10 – Fernando Tatís Jr.

  • Team: San Diego Padres
  • Value: $340 Million
  • Length: 2021-2034

The Dominican professional baseball shortstop and outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball Fernando Tatis Jr is a mighty talented player. His skills has put him on the top just at the age of 24 years. That’s why, he is one of the highest paid player of Padres. As per his contract signed for the years 2021 to 2034, Tatis will take home the sum of $340 million, making the annual salary of $24.2 million.

Top 15 Most Expensive Sports Contracts Of All Times History

#NameOrganizationLeagueLengthValuePer YearPer Game
1Lionel MessiBarcelonaLA Liga2017–2021$674 M$168,500,000$4,434,210
2Cristiano RonaldoAl-NassrSaudi Pro2023–2025$536.3 M$214,534,727$7,151,158
3Patrick MahomesKansas CityNFL2020–2031$503 M$41,916,667$2,465,686
4Mike TroutLA AngelsMLB2019–2030$426.5 M$35,541,667$219,393
5Canelo ÁlvarezDAZNBoxing2018–2023$365 M$73,000,000$33,181,818
6Mookie BettsLA DodgersMLB2021–2032$365 M$30,416,667$187,757
7Aaron JudgeYankeesMLB2023–2031$360 M$40,000,000$246,913
9Manny MachadoSD PadresMLB2023–2034$350 M$31,818,818$196,409
10Francisco LindorMetsMLB2022–2031$341 M$34,100,000$210,494
11Fernando Tatís Jr.SD PadresMLB2021–2034$340 M$24,285,714$149,912
12Bryce HarperPhiladelphiaMLB2019–2031$330 M$25,384,615$156,695
13Giancarlo StantonM. MarlinsMLB2015–2027$325 M$25,000,000$154,320
14Corey SeagerRangersMLB2022–2031$325 M$32,500,000$200,617
15Gerrit ColeYankeesMLB2020–2028$324 M$36,000,000$222,222

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