With Lewis Hamilton pushing for a brand new £250m five-year deal with Mercedes – as he once again becomes the game’s top earner on £50m a 12 months – the question is where his new deal ranks compared to others. massive sports stars.
Hamilton is still the face of F1 – even at the age of 38 – and although he struggles to compete with Max Verstappen on race days, this new contract would ultimately allow him to replace the Dutchman off the monitor.
A mega-money deal wouldn’t put him in the No. 1 spot for the ideal round of athletic activity contracts, but it would earn him a spot in the top 4.
It’s football – and especially in Saudi Arabia – where the money goes to eye-popping heights.
Mail Sport takes a look at the most important contracts in the world of sporting activities…
Lewis Hamilton has demanded a five-year contract if he wants to stay at Mercedes
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most expensive contract in the sport, with his £173m 12 month contract
Football is king, and nowhere has that been more true than in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Money has flowed through the Saudi Pro League since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United – with the help of an explosive interview with Piers Morgan to finish with Al-Nassr.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract is worth a staggering £173m in 12 months, placing him comfortably no. 1 in the race for the best annual salary in sports.
The Ronaldo Effect has transformed the Saudi Pro League, following curiosity from around the world as well as convincing various high-profile stars to make the switch.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, for example, has increased his earnings by moving to Al-Ittihad.
The soft-spoken Frenchman is understood to be earning a whopping £86million a 12-month deal on a two-year deal with Saudi Arabia.
One of his new teammates could be Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who moved to the Middle East from Real Madrid on his personal £86m 12-month deal.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech are being chased and the money doesn’t seem to have dried up.
Outside of the top three highest-grossing deals to date — Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami is littered with add-ons that make it difficult to determine exactly how much he can earn in 12 months in the U.S. — that includes Formula 1, the NBA and the NFL. heart stage.
N’Golo Kante has been unveiled as a member of Al-Ittihad after making the switch on a free transfer
Kante joins striker Karim Benzema, who has been revealed as a member of Al-Ittihad for this summer’s season
Should Hamilton seal his big new deal to stay at Mercedes, he would finish fifth, pushing his upset Red Bull rival Verstappen, who earns £40m a 12 months into his five-year deal, into tenth.
BIGGEST CONTRACTS IN SPORTS (YEAR)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr) – £173 million in 12 months
N’Golo Kante (Al-Ittihad) – £86 million
Karim Benzema (Al-Ittihad) – £86 million
Lewis Hamilton (F1) – £50 million
Steph Curry (GSW) – £42.8m
Zach LaVine (Bulls) – £42.79 million
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) – £42 million
Lamar Jackson (“Ravens”) – 41.4 million pounds
Jalen Hurts (Eagles) – £40.27 million
Max Verstappen (F1) – £40 million
Kevin Durant (Dogs) – £37.46 million
Mail Sport understands the seven-time world champion wants to continue racing until the age of 43 and is set to earn £250m, although it remains to be seen whether the crew are willing to bow to that wish.
Information about the protracted talks advised us: “Lewis wants five years and if it was just a one-year extension I don’t think he would accept it.
“Maybe they should give it a go because while George (Russell) may have come to terms with the idea of Lewis being around for a few more years, he probably won’t accept being in his team-mate’s shadow for long.” .
“Ferrari is always attractive, but Lewis will probably think his only chance of winning an eighth title is to stay where he is.”
“Money is not a deterrent.”
Outside of the top 4 spots, the stars of American sports activities are located between six and 9.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry earns £42.8m per season, while Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine earns slightly less than Curry at £42.79m.
NBA Finals MVP and two-time MVP Nikola Jokic has signed a £42 million-a-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors earns the highest salary in the NBA
Max Verstappen is currently F1’s highest-paid driver, but that title is under tension
Two NFL quarterbacks additionally crack the sport’s 10 highest-paid checklist.
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens got chicken sport with the franchise in a huge deal and he earns 41.4 million pounds in 12 months.
Although Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles is just shy of Jackson, his earnings are £40.27 million per season.
Verstappen is currently Formula 1’s highest-paid driver, but that could all change if Hamilton lands the ambitious five-year contract he is hoping for.