Striker Kylian Mbappe is the highest-paid sportsman in history and will receive $ 620 million if he honors the PSG contract until 2025.
Before the 2022 summer transfer window opened, PSG announced that the French striker had agreed to an extension until 2025 . But according to French newspaper Le Parisien , the contract between the two parties only lasts until 2024, with the option to activate an additional year. In particular, the one-year extension clause in the contract can only be activated by Mbappe, not the Paris club.
Le Parisien added that the contract contains many clauses, but there is no bonus for winning the Champions League or winning the Ballon d’Or. However, the deal does include a $177 million signing bonus that is paid out over three years. This amount will be paid in full by PSG even if Mbappe leaves before the deadline.
Mbappe also became the highest-paid athlete in history, when he received a season salary of 70 million USD, or nearly 6 million USD per month. In addition, the French striker also receives a loyalty bonus for each season at PSG. Specifically, Mbappe receives $ 69 million if he stays at PSG in 2023, an additional 78 million in 2024, and an additional $ 88 million if the contract is activated until 2025.
In total, Mbappe will receive $ 620 million, if he completes a three-year contract with PSG – an unprecedented number in football history. The French striker will receive this full amount, which means that PSG will have to pay taxes, about $ 207 million thanks to a 45% reduction.
Mbappe’s teammate Lionel Messi has the second largest contract in sports history. In 2017, the Argentine star renewed with Barca and received $ 138 million per season. The Camp Nou owner also installed a bonus extension, loyalty bonus and paid Messi more than $ 550 million over a four-year contract, before taxes. Thus, Mbappe’s latest contract with PSG exceeds Messi by about $ 70 million, although less than a year.
After Mbappe and Messi, no other footballer has entered the top 10 biggest contracts in sports history. Rugby star Patrick Mahomes came in third with a ten-year, $513 million contract with Kansas City signed in 2010.
If only football, Neymar ranked third with a contract worth $ 262 million when he joined PSG in 2017. Following are Cristiano Ronaldo’s contracts with Real in 2016 and Juventus in 2018 (with 216 million USD), Gareth Bale with Real in 2016 ($175 million) and Paul Pogba with Man Utd in 2016 ($111 million).