List of largest sports contracts

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The following is a list of the largest sports contracts. These figures include signing bonuses but exclude options, buyouts, and endorsement deals. This list does not reflect the highest annual salaries or career earnings, only the largest contracts and thus is limited to athletes in team sports and auto racing. Athletes in individual sports, such as golf, tennis, and boxing 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 his opt-out clause). Included in this list are contracts totaling at least US$100 million.

Largest sports contracts[edit]

RankPlayerTeamSportLength of contractContract value (USD)Average per year (USD)Average per game9 (USD)Ref
01Messi, LionelLionel MessiFC BarcelonaAssociation Football8 years (2008–2016)$343,000,000$41,700,000+$650,000.00[1][2][3]
02Cabrera, MiguelMiguel CabreraDetroit TigersBaseball10 years (2014–2023)$292,000,000$29,200,000$180,246.91[4]
03Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez3New York YankeesBaseball10 years (2008–2017)$275,000,000$27,500,000$169,753.09[5]
04Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez4Texas Rangers*Baseball10 years (2001–2010)$252,000,000$25,200,000$155,555.56[6]
05Cano, RobinsonRobinson CanoSeattle MarinersBaseball10 years (2014–2023)$240,000,000$24,000,000$148,148.15[7]
06Pujols, AlbertAlbert PujolsLos Angeles AngelsBaseball10 years (2012–2021)$240,000,000$24,000,000$148,148.15[8]
07Votto, JoeyJoey VottoCincinnati RedsBaseball10 years (2014–2023)$225,000,000$22,500,000$138,888.89[9]
08Kershaw, ClaytonClayton KershawLos Angeles DodgersBaseball7 years (2014–2020)$215,000,000$30,151,500$186,120.37[10]
09Fielder, PrincePrince FielderDetroit Tigers*Baseball9 years (2012–2020)$214,000,000$23,777,777$146,776.40[11]
10Jeter, DerekDerek JeterNew York YankeesBaseball10 years (2001–2010)$189,000,000$18,900,000$116,666.67[12]
11Mauer, JoeJoe MauerMinnesota TwinsBaseball8 years (2011–2018)$184,000,000$23,000,000$141,975.31[13]
12Mayweather, FloydFloyd MayweatherShowtimeBoxing2 years (2013–2015)$180,000,000+$72,000,000+$30,000,000+[14]
13Teixeira, MarkMark TeixeiraNew York YankeesBaseball8 years (2009–2016)$180,000,000$22,500,000$138,888.89[15]
14Verlander, JustinJustin VerlanderDetroit TigersBaseball7 years (2013–2019)$180,000,000$25,714,286$158,730.16[16]
15Hernández, FélixFélix HernándezSeattle MarinersBaseball7 years (2013–2019)$175,000,000$25,000,000$154,320.99[17]
16Posey, BusterBuster PoseySan Francisco GiantsBaseball9 years (2013–2021)$167,000,000$18,555,556$114,540.47[18]
17Sabathia, CCCC SabathiaNew York YankeesBaseball7 years (2009–2015)$161,000,000$23,000,000$141,975.31[19]
18Kemp, MattMatt KempLos Angeles DodgersBaseball8 years (2012–2019)$160,000,000$20,000,000$123,456.79[20]
19Ramírez, MannyManny RamírezBoston Red Sox*Baseball8 years (2001–2008)$160,000,000$20,000,000$123,456.79[21]
20Tulowitzki, TroyTroy TulowitzkiColorado RockiesBaseball10 years (2011–2020)$157,750,000$15,775,000$97,376.54[22]
21Tanaka, MasahiroMasahiro TanakaNew York YankeesBaseball7 years (2014–2020)$155,000,000$22,141,857$136,684.30[23]
22González, AdriánAdrián GonzálezBoston Red Sox*Baseball7 years (2012–2018)$154,000,000$22,000,000$135,802.67[24]
23Räikkönen, KimiKimi RäikkönenFerrariAuto racing3 years (2007–2009)$153,000,000$51,000,000$2,942,307.69[25]
24Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby EllsburyNew York YankeesBaseball7 years (2014–2020)$153,000,000$21,857,142$134,920.64[26]
25Cabrera, MiguelMiguel CabreraDetroit TigersBaseball8 years (2008–2015)$152,300,000$19,037,500$117,515.43[27]
26Helton, ToddTodd HeltonRColorado Rockies*Baseball11 years (2001–2011)$151,500,000$13,772,727$85,016.83[28]
27Greinke, ZackZack GreinkeLos Angeles DodgersBaseball6 years (2013–2019)$147,000,000$24,500,000$151,234.57[29]
28Bale, GarethGareth BaleReal MadridAssociation football6 years (2013–2019)$146,280,000$24,380,000$406,333.33[30]
29Trout, MikeMike TroutLos Angeles AngelsBaseball6 years (2015–2020)$144,500,000$24,083,333$148,662.55[31]
30Hamels, ColeCole HamelsPhiladelphia PhilliesBaseball6 years (2013–2018)$144,000,000$24,000,000$148,148.15[32]
31Crawford, CarlCarl CrawfordBoston Red Sox*Baseball7 years (2011–2017)$142,000,000$20,285,714$125,220.46[33]
32Wright, DavidDavid WrightNew York MetsBaseball8 years (2013–2020)$138,000,000$17,250,000$106,481.48[34]
33Santana, JohanJohan SantanaNew York Mets*Baseball6 years (2008–2013)$137,500,000$22,916,667$141,460.91[35]
34Bryant, KobeKobe BryantLos Angeles LakersBasketball7 years (2004–2011)$136,400,000$19,485,714$237,630.66[36]
35Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoChicago Cubs*Baseball8 years (2007–2014)$136,000,000$17,000,000$104,938.27[37]
36Freeman, FreddieFreddie FreemanAtlanta BravesBaseball8 years (2014–2021)$135,000,000$16,875,000$104,166.67[38]
37Johnson, CalvinCalvin JohnsonDetroit LionsAmerican Football8 years (2012–2019)$132,000,000$16,500,000$1,031,250.00[39]
38 (tie)Choo, Shin-SooShin-Soo ChooTexas RangersBaseball7 years (2014–2020)$130,000,000$18,571,428$114,638.45[40]
38 (tie)Vick, MichaelMichael Vick5Atlanta Falcons*American Football10 years (2005–2014)$130,000,000$13,000,000$812,500.00[41]
40Cutler, JayJay CutlerChicago BearsAmerican Football7 years (2014–2020)$126,700,000$18,100,000$1,131,250.00[42]
41O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'NealIndiana Pacers*Basketball7 years (2003–2010)$126,558,000$18,079,714$220,484.32[43]
42 (tie)Garnett, KevinKevin GarnettMinnesota Timberwolves*Basketball6 years (1999–2005)$126,000,000$21,000,000$256,097.56[44]
42 (tie)Lewis, RashardRashard LewisOrlando Magic*Basketball6 years (2007–2013)$126,000,000$21,000,000$256,097.56[45]
42 (tie)Wells, VernonVernon WellsToronto Blue Jays*Baseball7 years (2008–2014)$126,000,000$18,000,000$111,111.11[46]
42 (tie)Zito, BarryBarry ZitoSan Francisco Giants*Baseball7 years (2007–2013)$126,000,000$18,000,000$111,111.11[46]
42 (tie)Werth, JaysonJayson WerthWashington NationalsBaseball7 years (2011–2017)$126,000,000$18,000,000$111,111.11[47]
42 (tie)Kaepernick, ColinColin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ersAmerican Football6 years (2015–2020)$126,000,000$21,000,000$1,312,500.00[48]
48 (tie)Howard, RyanRyan HowardPhiladelphia PhilliesBaseball5 years (2012–2016)$125,000,000$25,000,000$154,320.99[49]
48 (tie)Hamilton, JoshJosh HamiltonLos Angeles AngelsBaseball5 years (2013–2017)$125,000,000$25,000,000$154,320.99[50]
50Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo AnthonyNew York KnicksBasketball5 years (2014–2019)$124,064,280$24,812,856$302,595.81[51]
51 (tie)Schumacher, MichaelMichael SchumacherFerrariAuto racing4 years (1996–1999)$124,000,000$31,000,000$1,907,692.30[52]
51 (tie)Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinWashington CapitalsIce hockey13 years (2008–2021)$124,000,000$9,538,461$116,322.70[53]
53Johnson, JoeJoe JohnsonAtlanta Hawks*Basketball6 years (2010–2017)$123,658,089$20,609,681$251,337.58[54]
54Webber, ChrisChris WebberRSacramento Kings*Basketball7 years (2001–2007)$122,718,750$17,531,250$213,795.73[55]
55Duncan, TimTim DuncanSan Antonio SpursBasketball7 years (2003–2010)$122,007,704$17,429,672$212,556.98[56]
56Hampton, MikeMike HamptonRColorado Rockies*Baseball8 years (2001–2008)$121,000,000$15,125,000$93,364.20[28]
57Flacco, JoeJoe FlaccoBaltimore RavensAmerican Football6 years (2013–2018)$120,600,000$20,100,000$1,256,250.00[57]
58 (tie)Giambi, JasonJason GiambiRNew York Yankees*Baseball7 years (2002–2008)$120,000,000$17,142,857$105,820.10[58]
58 (tie)Andrus, ElvisElvis AndrusTexas RangersBaseball8 years (2015–2022)$120,000,000$15,000,000$92,592.59[59]
58 (tie)Lee, CliffCliff LeePhiladelphia PhilliesBaseball5 years (2011–2015)$120,000,000$24,000,000$148,148.15[60]
58 (tie)O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealRLos Angeles Lakers*Basketball7 years (1996–2003)$120,000,000$17,142,857$209,059.23[61]
58 (tie)Holliday, MattMatt HollidaySt. Louis CardinalsBaseball7 years (2010–2016)$120,000,000$17,142,857$105,820.10[62]
58 (tie)Fitzgerald, LarryLarry FitzgeraldArizona CardinalsAmerican Football8 years (2011–2018)$120,000,000$15,000,000$937,500.00[63]
64Palmer, CarsonCarson PalmerCincinnati Bengals*American Football9 years (2006–2014)$119,750,000$13,305,555$831,597.19[64]
65Beltrán, CarlosCarlos BeltránNew York Mets*Baseball7 years (2005–2011)$119,000,000$17,000,000$104,938.27[65]
66Bosh, ChrisChris BoshMiami HeatBasketball5 years (2014–2019)$118,000,000$23,600,000$287,804.88[66]
67Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr.RCincinnati Reds*Baseball9 years (2000–2008)$116,500,000$12,944,444$79,903.98[28]
68 (tie)McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabbRPhiladelphia Eagles*American Football12 years (2002–2013)$115,000,000$9,583,333$598,958.31[67]
68 (tie)Dalton, AndyAndy DaltonCincinnati BengalsAmerican Football6 years (2015–2020)$115,000,000$19,166,667$1,197,916.67[68]
70Cain, MattMatt CainSan Francisco GiantsBaseball6 years (2012–2017)$112,500,000$18,666,667$115,226.34[69]
71Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas6Washington Wizards*Basketball6 years (2008–2013)$111,000,000$18,500,000$225,609.76[70]
72 (tie)Weber, SheaShea WeberNashville PredatorsIce hockey14 years (2012–2026)$110,000,000$7,857,143$95,818.82[71]
72 (tie)Rodgers, AaronAaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersAmerican Football5 years (2015–2019)$110,000,000$22,000,000$1,375,000.00[72]
74 (tie)James, LeBronLeBron JamesMiami Heat*Basketball6 years (2010–2016)$109,837,500$18,306,250$223,246.95[73]
74 (tie)Bosh, ChrisChris BoshMiami HeatBasketball6 years (2010–2016)$109,837,500$18,306,250$223,246.95[73]
76Romo, TonyTony RomoDallas CowboysAmerican Football6 years (2014–2019)$108,000,000$18,000,000$1,125,000.00[74]
77Paul, ChrisChris PaulLos Angeles ClippersBasketball5 years (2013–2018)$107,343,478$21,468,696$261,813.36[75]
78Wade, DwyaneDwyane WadeMiami HeatBasketball6 years (2010–2016)$107,186,000$17,864,333$217,857.72[76]
79Kemp, ShawnShawn KempRCleveland Cavaliers*Basketball7 years (1997–2004)$107,000,000$15,285,714$186,411.15[77]
80Reyes, JoséJosé ReyesMiami Marlins*Baseball6 years (2012–2017)$106,000,000$17,666,666$109,053.50[78]
81Howard, JuwanJuwan HowardRWashington Bullets*Basketball7 years (1996–2003)$105,375,000$15,053,571$183,580.14[79]
82 (tie)Brown, KevinKevin BrownRLos Angeles Dodgers*Baseball7 years (1999–2005)$105,000,000$15,000,000$92,592.59[28]
82 (tie)Bailey, HomerHomer BaileyCincinnati RedsBaseball6 years (2014–2019)$105,000,000$17,500,000$108,024.61[80]
82 (tie)Braun, RyanRyan BraunMilwaukee BrewersBaseball5 years (2016–2020)$105,000,000$21,000,000$129,629.63[81]
82 (tie)Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo MourningRMiami Heat*Basketball7 years (1996–2003)$105,000,000$15,000,000$182,926.83[82]
86Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbyPittsburgh PenguinsIce Hockey12 years (2013–2025)$104,400,000$8,700,000$106,097.56[83]
87Rooney, WayneWayne RooneyManchester UnitedAssociation football4 years (2015–2019)$104,000,000$26,000,000$498,000.00[84]
88Ryan, MattMatt RyanAtlanta FalconsAmerican Football5 years (2014–2018)$103,750,000$20,750,000$1,296,875.00[85]
89Kidd, JasonJason KiddRNew Jersey Nets*Basketball6 years (2003–2009)$103,572,000$17,262,000$210,512.20[86]
90Bledsoe, DrewDrew BledsoeRNew England Patriots*American Football10 years (2001–2010)$103,000,000$10,300,000$643,750.00[87]
91Finley, MichaelMichael FinleyRDallas Mavericks*Basketball7 years (2001–2008)$102,265,625$14,609,375$178,163.11[88]
92 (tie)Roethlisberger, BenBen RoethlisbergerPittsburgh SteelersAmerican Football8 years (2008–2015)$102,000,000$12,750,000$796,875.00[89]
92 (tie)Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid CFAssociation football6 years (2009–2015)$102,000,000$17,000,000$400,000.00[90][91]
94 (tie)Brees, DrewDrew BreesNew Orleans SaintsAmerican Football5 years (2012–2016)$100,000,000$20,000,000$1,250,000.00[92]
94 (tie)O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealRMiami Heat*Basketball5 years (2005–2010)$100,000,000$20,000,000$243,902.44[93]
94 (tie)Lee, CarlosCarlos LeeRHouston Astros*Baseball6 years (2007–2012)$100,000,000$16,666,666$102,880.65[94]
94 (tie)Pedroia, DustinDustin PedroiaBoston Red SoxBaseball7 years (2015–2021)$100,000,000$14,285,714$88,183.42[95]
94 (tie)Longoria, EvanEvan LongoriaTampa Bay RaysBaseball6 years (2017–2022)$100,000,000$16,666,666$102,880.65[96]
94 (tie)Vick, MichaelMichael VickPhiladelphia Eagles*American Football6 years (2011–2016)$100,000,000$16,666,667$1,041,667.00[97]
94 (tie)Zimmerman, RyanRyan ZimmermanWashington NationalsBaseball6 years (2014–2019)$100,000,000$16,666,667$102,880.66[98]
94 (tie)Haynesworth, AlbertAlbert HaynesworthWashington Redskins*American Football7 years (2009–2016)$100,000,000$14,285,714$892,857.13[99]
94 (tie)Pujols, AlbertAlbert PujolsSt. Louis Cardinals*Baseball7 years (2004–2010)$100,000,000$14,285,714$88,183.42[100]
94 (tie)Favre, BrettBrett Favre7 RGreen Bay Packers*American Football10 years (2001–2010)$100,000,000$10,000,000$625,000.00[101]
94 (tie)Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk8 RNew Jersey Devils*Ice Hockey15 years (2010–2025)$100,000,000$6,666,667$81,300.81[102]
94 (tie)Garnett, KevinKevin GarnettMinnesota Timberwolves*Basketball5 years (2004–2009)$100,000,000$20,000,000$243,902.44[103]
94 (tie)Houston, AllanAllan HoustonRNew York Knicks*Basketball6 years (2001–2007)$100,000,000$16,666,667$203,252.03[104]

2 – Gross income figure. Net income estimated at $15,000,000 per year
3 – Rodriguez's 2014 salary will be reduced to $2,868,853 due to his season-long suspension related to the Biogenesis baseball scandal[105]
4 – Rodriguez opted out of this contract after the 2007 season
5 – Vick's contract was terminated by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 season
6 – Arenas was suspended without pay for the majority of the 2009-10 season
7 – Favre was traded by the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets after the 2008 season. He was unconditionally released from his contract by the Jets after the 2009 season.
8 – Kovalchuk is retired from the National Hockey League, the league in which the Devils are in, having retired in July of 2013 and forfeiting a large portion of his contract. However, Kovalchuk did not retire from hockey altogether and currently plays in Russia's KHL
9 – 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.
R – retired
* – no longer on team
‡ – entirety of contract salary not guaranteed

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