MLB star Mike Trout set to sign a $430 million deal that eclipses Lionel Messi's salary


Every once in a while, a famous sportsperson signs a contract that makes the world question exactly what makes them worth all that money. 

This week, that luxury goes to Mike Trout, a star MLB center-fielder, who plays for the Los Angeles Angels.

According to ESPN, he's close to finalising a 12-year deal worth more than $430 million. 

Yes, you read that right. A 12-year deal, worth four hundred and thirty million dollars. Let's break that down. 

Per year, Trout will earn $35,833,333. Ludicrous. That's $2,986,111 every month, or around $746,527 per week.

To make ourselves even more jealous, we can break that deal down even more. The 27-year-old athlete will be paid $106,656 every day for the next 12 years, which is $4,443 an hour. 

So, he's getting paid $74 a minute, which works out at $1.23 per second. Unbelievable. 

Once signed, this monster contract is going to smash all previous records and will make Trout the highest paid sportsperson in history.

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But how does his bumper deal compare to some of the current highest paid athletes in the world? Quite well, it seems. 

In 2018 boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the Forbes list of the highest paid athletes, after raking in a massive $275 million for one fight - plus $10 million in endorsements.

Not bad for a night's work. Imagine how much he could have made if he stepped into the boxing ring more than once. 

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In terms of basic wage, Lebron James comes in at second, as he's paid $33.5 million by the Los Angeles Lakers. It looks like teams from LA have a bit of cash to spare.  

Lionel Messi is next in line according to Time, taking home a basic salary of just over $33 million under his current contract - which equals around $645,000 a week.

Just behind him on that list is Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns $31 million a year from Juventus. 


In terms of endorsements and sponsorship money, sports stars have plenty of opportunity to boost their pay packets. 

But in terms of basic salary, Trout's deal is set to break records and eclipse every other sportsman on the planet.  

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