Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton signed a massive new contract, but where does it rank?
By RYAN GORMAN
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton's historic payday was huge, likely more money than he will ever spend during his lifetime, but he does not even place among the top 10 highest paid athletes around the world.
Stanton signed a jaw-dropping 13-year, $325 million contract this month, the largest in the history of North American professional sports, but he ranks behind more than a dozen other athletes when compared against boxers, soccer players and even NFL quarterbacks.
Baseball players, on average, are the highest paid athletes in the U.S., when ranked strictly by salary paid by teams, but they do not out-earn other superstars, according to salary numbers from Forbes and ESPN Magazine.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather hauled in more cash than anyone this year -- $105 million. The entirety of Mayweather's earnings came from a massive contract signed with Showtime and from beating opponent's faces in.
Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid, brought home $80 million, $52 of which came in the form of team salary and bonuses and the rest in endorsements.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi, often with Ronaldo considered the greatest player in the world, earned $64.7 million last year, $50.1 million in salary. Messi this week became the all-time leading scorer in Champions League history with 74 goals after netting a hat trick against Apoel Nicosia.
Star Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hauled in a princely sum of $40 million to rank fifth globally.
Swedish soccer giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home with $35 million from French soccer club Paris Saint-Germaine.
Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots) tossed $31.5 and $31 million into their coffers to place sixth and seventh.
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant limped home with $30.5 million to take eighth while Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tied at ninth with $30 million a piece.
Stanton's contract averages $25 million per season over the life of the deal but is structured to pay him only $6 million during the 2015 season.
The slugger certainly will be unimaginably wealthy, but it is going to be a while before he ranks among the world's highest paid.
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