Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid footballers in the history of the sports. When the 36-year-old moved to Manchester United, he was offered weekly wages of £510,000, which would see him earn an annual salary of about £26.5m or $35.8m. Over two years, that would amount to £51m ($69m). While this is huge, Ronaldo earns significantly less than Lionel Messi and Neymar, who both earn about €35m annually from their deals at Paris Saint-Germain.
But it is not only in football, that there are higher earners than Cristiano Ronaldo. Across the world of sports, footballers are not the highest-earners as stars from other team sports such as Basketball and Baseball earn much more than footballers earn. Also, individual sports such as Boxing and Golf have the potential of paying much more than football does. It is on this premise that we'll compare the contract details of Cristiano Ronaldo with those of American sports stars Stephen Curry and Patrick Mahomes.
Stephen Curry contract details at Golden State Warriors
In August 2021, Stephen Curry signed a 4-year extension worth $215.4m with the Golden State Warriors. This extension guarantees his presence at the club till the end of the 2025/26 NBA season. With his new deal, Stephen Curry became the first and only NBA player so far to sign two $200m+ contracts in their career. Curry's new deal is a significant upgrade on the 5-year, $201m deal he signed in 2017. Now, the Golden State Warriors point guard/shooting guard is guaranteed to earn about $54m yearly from his deal with the NBA side. This is more than 50% more than what Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Manchester United.
Patrick Mahomes salary at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes signed one of the biggest and longest deals in sports history in 2020. Mahomes put pen to paper with Kansas City Chiefs on a 10-year extension deal worth a whopping $503m. While Mahomes will see out his current $29m-a-year contract till the end of the 2022 NFL season, his new terms will come into effect from the beginning of the 2022 NFL sessions. His $503m deal would see him earn a guaranteed $40m yearly. By mid of his contract, Mahomes is lined up to earn approximately $59m in the 2027/28 season. These are eye-popping figures that no current footballer earns or have never earned.