$100 million sports contracts

This is a list of the largest sports contracts. These figures include signing bonuses but exclude options, buyouts, and the endorsement deals. This list does not reflect the highest annual salaries or career earnings, only the top 100 largest contracts and thus is largely limited to athletes in team sports and auto racing. Athletes in individual sports, such as golf, tennis, table tennis, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA, are not employed by a team and usually earn money primarily through event winnings. This list also does not necessarily reflect actual money collected by the athletes, since some contracts are eventually terminated (usually due to an athlete either retiring or invoking their opt-out clause).

Entries in this list also require an individual citation of the contract, so a number of the highest salaried athletes (according to Forbes) are not included as their contract details have not been officially confirmed, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, and Lewis Hamilton. This also skews the list towards sports with salary caps where salaries are therefore public knowledge and easy to cite.

The contract figures referenced below are presented at face value and do not reflect potential pre or post-tax treatments. For example, contracts with European sports teams are typically quoted on a post-tax basis.

Largest sports contracts[]

Rank Player Team/Streaming Service Sport Length of contract Contract value (USD) Average per year (USD) Average per fixture[a] (USD) Ref
1 Patrick Mahomes[b] Kansas City Chiefs American football 12 years (2020–2031) $503,000,000 $41,916,667 $2,619,791.67 [1]
2 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 12 years (2019–2030) $426,500,000 $35,541,667 $219,393.00 [2]
3 Canelo Álvarez DAZN* Boxing 5 years (2018–2023) $365,000,000 $73,000,000 $33,181,818.18 [3]
4 Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 12 years (2020–2032) $365,000,000 $30,416,667 $187,757.20 [4]
5 Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 13 years (2019–2031) $330,000,000 $25,384,615 $156,695.16 [5]
6 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins* Baseball 13 years (2015–2027) $325,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [6]
7 Gerrit Cole New York Yankees Baseball 9 years (2020–2028) $324,000,000 $36,000,000 $222,222.22 [7]
8 Manny Machado San Diego Padres Baseball 10 years (2019–2028) $300,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [8]
9 Alex Rodriguez[c]R New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2008–2017) $275,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [10]
10 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies Baseball 8 years (2019–2026) $260,000,000 $32,500,000 $200,617.28 [11]
11 Alex Rodriguez[d]R Texas Rangers* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $252,000,000 $25,200,000 $155,555.56 [12]
12 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $248,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [13]
13 (tie) Anthony Rendon Los Angeles Angels Baseball 7 years (2020–2026) $245,000,000 $35,000,000 $216,049.38 [14]
13 (tie) Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2020–2026) $245,000,000 $35,000,000 $216,049.38 [15]
15 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball 10 years (2012–2021) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [16]
16 Robinson Canó Seattle Mariners* Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [17]
17 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $228,200,830 $45,640,166 $556,587.39 [18][19]
18 James Harden Houston Rockets* Basketball 6 years (2017–2023) $228,000,000 $38,000,000 $463,414.63 [20]
19 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $225,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [21]
20 David Price Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $217,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [22]
21 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $215,000,000 $30,714,286 $189,594.36 [23]
22 Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 9 years (2020–2028) $215,000,000 $23,888,889 $147,462.28 [24]
23 Prince FielderR Detroit Tigers* Baseball 9 years (2012–2020) $214,000,000 $23,777,778 $146,776.41 [25]
24 Max Scherzer Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $210,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [26]
25 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder* Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $206,794,070 $41,358,814 $504,375.78 [27]
26 Zack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks* Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $206,500,000 $34,416,667 $212,448.56 [28]
27 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $205,000,000 $41,000,000 $500,000.00 [29]
28 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $201,158,790 $40,231,758 $490,631.19 [30]
29 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 4 years (2021–2025) $196,000,000 $49,000,000 $597,560.98 [31]
30 Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $189,903,600 $37,980,720 $463,179.51 [32]
31 Derek JeterR New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $189,000,000 $18,900,000 $116,666.67 [33]
32 Joe MauerR Minnesota Twins* Baseball 8 years (2011–2018) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [34]
33 Jason Heyward Chicago Cubs Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [35]
34 Mark TeixeiraR New York Yankees* Baseball 8 years (2009–2016) $180,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [36]
35 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers* Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $180,000,000 $25,714,286 $158,730.16 [37]
36 Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2019-2024) $180,000,000 $36,000,000 $429,024.39 [38]
37 Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $177,500,000 $35,500,000 $432,926.83 [39]
38 Deshaun Watson Houston Texans American football 4 years (2020–2025) $177,500,000 $39,000,000 $2,437,500.00 [40]
39 Paul George Los Angeles Clippers Basketball 4 years (2021–2025) $176,265,468 $44,066,367 $537,394.72 [19]
40 Félix Hernández Seattle Mariners* Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [41]
41 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2017–2023) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [42]
42 Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers* Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $171,174,820 $34,234,964 $417,499.56 [43]
43 John Wall Washington Wizards* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $171,174,820 $34,234,964 $417,499.56 [44]
44 (tie) Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Basketball 5 years (2020–2025) $169,650,000 $33,930,000 $413,780.49 [45]
44 (tie) Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2020–2025) $169,650,000 $33,930,000 $413,780.49 [46]
46 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants Baseball 9 years (2013–2021) $167,000,000 $18,555,556 $114,540.47 [47]
47 Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $164,255,700 $41,063,925 $500,799.57 [48]
48 José Altuve Houston Astros Baseball 7 years (2018–2024) $163,500,000 $23,357,143 $144,179.89 [49]
49 (tie) Bam Adebayo[e] Miami Heat Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $163,000,590 $32,600,118 $397,562.41 [19][50]
49 (tie) De'Aaron Fox[f] Sacramento Kings Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $163,000,590 $32,600,118 $397,562.41 [19][51]
49 (tie) Donovan Mitchell[g] Utah Jazz Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $163,000,590 $32,600,118 $397,562.41 [19][52]
49 (tie) Jayson Tatum[g] Boston Celtics Basketball 5 years (2021–2026) $163,000,590 $32,600,118 $397,562.41 [19][53]
53 CC SabathiaR New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2009–2015) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [54]
54 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [55]
55 Manny RamírezR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [56]
56 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 8 years (2012–2019) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [57]
57 Chris Paul Houston Rockets* Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $159,730,592 $39,932,648 $486,983.51 [58]
58 Devin Booker Phoenix Suns Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [59]
59 (tie) Kristaps Porziņģis Dallas Mavericks Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [60]
59 (tie) Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [61]
61 Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans Basketball 5 years (2020–2025) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [62][63]
62 Troy TulowitzkiR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 10 years (2011–2020) $157,750,000 $15,775,000 $97,376.54 [64]
63 Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $155,000,000 $22,141,857 $136,684.30 [65]
64 Jon Lester Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $155,000,000 $25,833,333 $159,465.02 [66]
65 Adrián GonzálezR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2012–2018) $154,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.67 [67]
66 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $153,312,846 $38,328,212 $467,417.21 [68]
67 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari* Auto racing 3 years (2007–2009) $153,000,000 $51,000,000 $2,942,307.69 [69]
68 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $153,000,000 $21,857,142 $134,920.64 [70]
69 Mike Conley Jr. Memphis Grizzlies* Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $152,605,576 $30,521,115 $372,208.72 [71]
70 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2008–2015) $152,300,000 $19,037,500 $117,515.43 [72]
71 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons American football 5 years (2018–2024) $150,000,000 $30,000,000 $1,282,051.28 [73]
72 Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2018–2024) $120,000,000-150,000,000 $21,000,000 [74]
73 (tie) Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [75]
73 (tie) Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [76]
73 (tie) Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves* Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [77]
76 Zack Greinke[d] Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 6 years (2013–2019) $147,000,000 $24,500,000 $151,234.57 [78]
77 Gareth Bale Real Madrid C.F.*[h] Association football 6 years (2013–2019) $146,280,000 $24,380,000 $406,333.33 [79]
78 Chris Sale Boston Red Sox Baseball 5 years (2020–2024) $145,000,000 $29,000,000 $179,012.35 [80]
79 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $144,500,000 $24,083,333 $148,662.55 [81]
80 Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 6 years (2013–2018) $144,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [82]
81 Eric Hosmer San Diego Padres Baseball 8 years (2018–2025) $144,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [83]
82 Carl CrawfordR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $142,000,000 $20,285,714 $125,220.46 [84]
83 Todd HeltonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 9 years (2003–2011) $141,500,000 $15,772,222 $97,050.75 [85]
84 Khalil Mack Chicago Bears American football 6 years (2018–2024) $141,000,000 $23,500,000 $1,215,517.24 [86]
85 (tie) Jimmy Butler Philadelphia 76ers* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $140,790,600 $35,197,650 $429,239.63 [87]
85 (tie) Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $140,790,600 $35,197,650 $429,239.63 [88]
87 (tie) Patrick Corbin Washington Nationals Baseball 6 years (2019–2024) $140,000,000 $23,333,333 $144,032.92 [89]
87 (tie) Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks American football 4 years (2019–2023) $140,000,000 $35,000,000 $2,187,500.00 [90]
89 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,888,445 $27,977,689 $341,191.33 [91]
90 Andrew LuckR Indianapolis Colts* American football 6 years (2016–2021) $139,125,000 $23,187,500 $1,449,218.75 [92]
91 DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors* Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,000,000 $27,800,000 $339,024.39 [93]
92 David WrightR New York Mets* Baseball 8 years (2013–2020) $138,000,000 $17,250,000 $106,481.48 [94]
93 Johan SantanaR New York Mets* Baseball 6 years (2008–2013) $137,500,000 $22,916,667 $141,460.91 [95]
94 Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers American football 5 years (2018–2022) $137,500,000 $27,500,000 $1,718,750.00 [96]
95 Jacob deGrom New York Mets Baseball 5 years (2019–2023) $137,500,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [97]
96 Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder* Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $136,911,936 $34,227,984 $417,414.44 [98]
97 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $136,490,600 $34,122,650 $416,129.88 [99]
98 Kobe BryantR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (2004–2011) $136,400,000 $19,485,714 $237,630.66 [100]
99 Alfonso SorianoR Chicago Cubs* Baseball 8 years (2007–2014) $136,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [101]
100 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves Baseball 8 years (2014–2021) $135,000,000 $16,875,000 $104,166.67 [102]
Footnotes
  1. ^ Based on regular season games only (excludes any playoff games); also in baseball, starting pitchers usually pitch every five games, resting during the interval between starts.
  2. ^ Mahomes signed a 10-year extension on July 6, 2020. When the deal was first reported, it was reported as being 10 years for $503 million. It was later revealed that this amount includes the final years of the contract he was under at the time and the money remaining on that contract.
  3. ^ Alex Rodriguez's 2014 salary was reduced to $2,868,853 due to his season-long suspension related to the Biogenesis baseball scandal.[9]
  4. ^ a b Rodriguez and Greinke opted out of their contracts after the 2007 and 2015 seasons respectively.
  5. ^ Adebayo's contract includes an escalator clause that will increase its total value to $195,600,710 should he be named NBA MVP in 2020–21, with lesser increases for making the All-NBA first team or being named Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
  6. ^ Fox's contract includes an escalator clause that will increase its total value to $195,600,710 should he make the All-NBA first team 2020–21, with lesser increases for making either of the lower two All-NBA levels in the same season.
  7. ^ a b Mitchell's and Tatum's contracts include escalator clauses that will increase their total value to $195,600,710 should either player be selected for the All-NBA Team (at any level) in 2020–21.
  8. ^ Bale officially remains on the books of Real Madrid, but is on loan to Tottenham Hotspur for the 2020–21 season.

R – retired
Injury – While still technically under contract, injury has ended his career
* – no longer on team (or with streaming service)
‡ – entirety of contract salary not guaranteed
(tie) – score of two or more above mentioned athletes heretofore considered equal if their contracts have been signed within a given timeframe providing negligible inflation ratio (during the same year)

See also[]

Notes[]

  • Contracts in the NFL are often not guaranteed, meaning that players who retire, or who are cut, do not receive their contracted salaries after their release from the team.
  • NBA and NHL seasons span two calendar years.
  • Michael Vick was suspended by the NFL in 2007. The Atlanta Falcons were unsuccessful in a civil legal process to attempt to recoup $20 million of the $100 million in bonuses paid to Vick under terms of his contract extension.
  • During his contract years, Michael Schumacher had significantly higher annual earnings than the athletes on this list with larger total contracts. On top of his $31 million per year paid by the Ferrari team, which alone ranked as the highest annual earnings at the time, he also earned a significant amount more per year from race winnings.
  • David Beckham signed a five-year deal with MLS soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy that was worth a reported $251 million,[103] but that figure included commercial endorsements; only $5 million a year of that figure is salary from the club, while the rest will come via existing endorsements and profit sharing with the club.[104][105]
  • Lewis Hamilton signed a contract with McLaren Mercedes worth at least £70 million ($138 million USD) over 5 seasons (2008–2012). However, no official contract details have been released by the team.[106]
  • In 2010, the NHL rejected a 17-year, $102 million contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk, saying that the contract was "a circumvention of the collective bargaining agreement." The later years of the contract would have paid Kovalchuk only $550,000 per year, which lowered the average value per year of the contract. (The NHL's salary cap is based on the average value per year.)[107]

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