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There is not a typical overlap between NBA athletes and soccer players, especially at an international level.
While the NBA certainly has some international appeal, soccer is the more popular sport overall.
A recent interaction between two superstars occurred, causing these worlds to collide.
Rumors of a massive contract offer to Kylian Mbappe were made public.
This caused Giannis Antetokounmpo to react, reporting on Twitter that he looks like Mbappe and would gladly accept this massive deal.
Al Hilal you can take me. I look like Kylian Mbappe 😂😂👀 pic.twitter.com/VH0syez3VX
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) July 24, 2023
This deal was reported to be nearly $1 billion, which seems incredible, especially to most American sports fans.
Giannis’ current contract is a five-year, $228 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, tying him to the team until the 2025-2026 season.
Mbappe himself responded to Giannis, tweeting several laughing face emojis.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 24, 2023
Whether Mbappe decides to take that deal remains to be seen.
However, this interaction made many fans aware of soccer’s sheer amount of money.
Leo Messi and Cristiano Renaldo are the two most significant sporting contracts on record.
Messi was signed to a four-year, $674 million deal in his final years at FC Barcelona.
Ronaldo recently inked a 2.5-year, $536 million deal with Al-Nassr, netting him over $7 million per game.
This is a far cry from the closest American contract, which belongs to Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mahomes is signed to a $450 million contract spread over ten seasons.
Again, this highlights the disparity between international soccer and American sports.
International soccer teams tend to pay a pretty penny for the best athletes in their sport, even over a short period.
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