The World Cup winner has now lost his place at top spot when it comes to expensive sports contracts, as Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr deal is worth a whole £35.8 million more per year.
3. Canelo Alvarez – £59.4 million per year
In 2018, boxer Canelo Alvarez signed a five-year contract with the global sports entertainment platform, DAZN, worth a whopping £59.4 million per year.
A world champion in four different weight classes, the Mexican boxer’s money-making contract also earned him an average of £27 million per fight over the last five years.
4. Devin Booker – £45.6 million per year
The NBA star recently renewed his contract with the Phoenix Suns, giving the point guard one of the most profitable deals in the history of basketball.
With the new contract coming into effect in 2024, the three-time NBA All-Star now stands to earn over £182 million by 2028.
5. Karl-Anthony Towns – £45.6 million per year
Not only is Karl-Anthony Towns’ bumper new contract worth the same record-breaking value as fellow basketballer Devin Booker’s, but the two contracts will come into effect during the same time period of 2024 – 2028.
Towns’ new deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves will see the NBA forward earn an astonishing £556,100 per game.
6. Stephen Curry – £43.9 million per year
One of the most decorated basketball players of all time, Stephen Curry, has also signed the third highest-paid contract in NBA history earlier this year.
With his Golden State Warriors team, Curry has won the NBA championship on four occasions, as well as being named the NBA’s most valuable player in 2015 and 2016.
7. Zach La Vine – £43.8 million per year
The big money truly is in basketball, with the Chicago Bulls’ Zach La Vine also getting in on the action, signing a contract worth £43.8 million per year earlier this year.
La Vine was part of the USA Olympic team that won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and has been a two-time NBA All-Star, featuring in 2021 and 2022.
8. Max Verstappen – £43.4 million per year
The Formula 1 driver’s bumper new contract with Red Bull racing will come into effect in 2023, keeping the Dutchman with Red Bull until 2028.
Worth a huge £43.4 million per year, an average of £1.97 million per racing event, Verstappen’s sensational new contract drives him into pole position in having the most expensive contract in Formula 1 history.
9. Nikola Jokić – £43 million per year
Yet another basketball star to earn an enormous contract, Serbian Nikola Jokić’s deal with the Denver Nuggets, worth £43 million per year, will come into effect in 2023.
While the fifth-most expensive contract in NBA history is certainly very expensive, 6”11” Jokić was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in both 2021 and 2022 – value for money, indeed, for the Denver Nuggets.