Highest Paid Athletes in Sports

They say baseball is a dying sport. I’d like to know who they is. This dying sport has six players (or five since one player is listed twice) named as having the richest annual contracts. Giancarlo Stanton broke the record for most expensive contract ever with his $325 million contract over 13 years and he plays baseball for the Miami Marlins, a team known for their frugalness. Giancarlo just missed this list of top 22 contracts, falling at number 23 with fellow baseball players Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners), Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies), Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers) and football players Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos). It is interesting to note that with the exception of Calvin Johnson, all the football players who made this list play the position of quarterback.

22. Alex Rodriguez ($25.2 million) 2001 - 2010 Texas Rangers (Baseball)
21. Justin Verlander ($25.7 million) 2013 - 2019 Detroit Tigers (Baseball)
20. Wayne Rooney ($26 million) 2014 - 2019 Manchester United (Soccer)
16. Tony Romo ($27.5 million) 2013 - 2018 Dallas Cowboys (Football)
16. Lewis Hamilton ($27.5 million) 2013 - 2015 Mercedes (Formulae One)
16. Fernando Alonso ($27.5 million) 2010 - 2014 Ferrari (Formulae One)
15. Zack Greinke ($28 million) 2012 - 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball)
14. Miguel Cabrera ($29.2 million) 2014 - 2023 Detroit Tigers (Baseball)
12. Joe Flacco ($30 million) 2013 - 2018 Baltimore Ravens (Football)
12. Matt Ryan ($30 million) 2013 - 2017 Atlanta Falcons (Football)
11. Clayton Kershaw ($30.15 million) 2014 - 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball)
10. Kobe Bryant ($30.5 million) 2013 - 2015 Los Angeles Lakers (Basketball)
8. Michael Schumaker ($31 million) 1996 - 1999 Ferrari (Formulae One)
8. Tom Brady ($31 million) 2013 - 2018 New England Patriots (Football)
7. Matthew Stafford ($31.5 million) 2013 - 2026 Detroit Lions (Football)
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($35 million) 2012 - 2016 Paris Saint - German (Soccer)
5. Aaron Rodgers ($40 million) 2014 - 2021 Green Bay Packers (Football)
4. Lionel Messi ($50.1 million) 2014 - 2019 Barcelona (Soccer)
3. Christiano Ronaldo ($50.2 million) 2013 - 2018 Real Madrid (Soccer)
2. Kimi Raikkonen ($51 million) 2007 - 2009 Ferrari (Formulae One)
1. Floyd Mayweather ($73.5 million) 2013 - 2015 Individual (Boxing)

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