Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels star agrees most lucrative deal in history of sport

Mike Trout
Mike Trout has been in Major League Baseball All-Star team in every season since 2012

Baseball star Mike Trout has signed the most lucrative deal in sport - a 12-year extension worth a reported $426.5m (£324m) with the Los Angeles Angels.

The contract for the 27-year-old American amounts to $35.54m (£27m) per year until 2031, according to the Los Angeles Times.external-link

The deal eclipses boxer Canelo Alvarez's deal with DAZN, worth $365m (£275m) over five years.

The new Major League Baseball season started on Wednesday.

Trout would have become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season upon the completion of the six-year $144.5m (£110m) deal he signed in 2014.

And his contract, which has no opt-out clause, is the first valued at over $400m (£304m) in Major League history, surpassing the $330m (£251m) deal Bryce Harper agreed with the Philadelphia Phillies in February.

"This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said.

"I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organisation, my team-mates and our fans for years to come."

The two-time winner of the American League's Most Valuable Player award has a career batting average of .307, with 240 home runs, 648 runs batted in, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases in 1,065 games.

While Trout's reported deal eclipses Alvarez's contract as a total amount, when broken down on an annual basis he would earn less than the Mexican, as well as the likes of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, who has yearly earnings of $84m (£64m), according to Forbes.external-link

The magazine had boxer Floyd Mayweather as 2018's best paid athlete, with earnings of $275m (£207m).

Top five biggest sport deals in terms of total amount: Mike Trout (baseball) £324m, Canelo Alvarez (boxing) £275m, Bryce Harper (baseball) £249m, Giraldo Stanton (baseball) £245m, Manny Machado (baseball) £226m
Top five sporting contracts in terms of total amount, according to Forbes


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