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The 5 Largest Sports Contracts Ever

By on March 4, 2015

Whether you think it’s fair or not, professional athletes are some of the highest paid members of our society today, with contracts soaring well into the millions with frequency.

While being a professional athlete in any of the world’s major sports guarantees you a better living than most of us will ever have, many pro athletes have contracts that are essentially pennies on the dollar to the sports world’s richest members.

The five men below all have contracts that are so insanely lucrative it demands a double take, with multi-year deals that reach well into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Without further ado, here are the five largest sports contracts ever signed. Note: this list only takes into account the total value of a contract, not the average amount paid per year or season.

#5: Sebastian Vettel (Formula 1) – 3 years, $240 million

If this list was for the biggest annual salaries ever for athletes, German Formula 1 race car driver Sebastian Vettel would be #1. In any case, $240 million is hardly a bad salary for someone who barely qualifies as an athlete in the first place.

Last year, Vettel signed a three year deal with Ferrari to become their main driver through 2017, netting a ludicrous $80 million per year for the next three years. In case you’re wondering, the Formula 1 season consists of 20 races, so Vettel will be making $4 million every single time he races.

Vettel has a history of impressive performances on the track, as he won 4 consecutive Formula 1 championships from 2010-2013, before having a more difficult time last year, finishing fifth in points.

However, Ferrari apparently believes that Vettel’s subpar year was an aberration, as they are paying him more annually than any athlete has ever made.

Vettel’s $240 million contract is tied with baseball players Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols in terms of the total sum, but due to his obscene yearly paydays, we’ll give him the nod over the other two, whose $240 million is spread out over 10 years instead of 3.

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